Family Tree Problem Solver

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Writer's Digest Books, Jan 2, 2005 - Reference - 232 pages
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Proven Methods for Scaling the Inevitable Brick Wall

Complications arising from incomplete or missing records, census irregularities, individuals of the same name, and burned courthouses can stop even the most experienced genealogists dead in the tracks. Learn to break through those brick walls with The Family Tree Problem Solver, which dissects researcher's common problems in case studies with straightforward solutions. You will:

  • Go straight to the answers you need without wading through theory or irrelevant record overviews
  • Find explanations and case studies that will help you overcome your obstacles and move forward in your genealogy
  • Learn what NOT to do to avoid hitting brick walls in the future.
The Family Tree Problem Solver is the best and most accessible book on the market about breaking down brick walls. The mysteries of research before 1850, collateral relatives, and court and land records are thoroughly explored and applied to your research problems. And it's all brought to you by genealogy's most popular publications, Family Tree Books and Family Tree Magazine!
 

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Contents

The First Step Analyzing the Problem and Planning a Strategy for Success
3
Finding Births Marriages and Deaths Before Civil Registration
21
Why Does the Census Taker Always Miss My Ancestor?
50
Consider the Collateral Kin Genealogical Research in the Full Family Context
67
Day in Court
90
What to Do When the Courthouse Burned
115
Give Me LandLots of Land
133
Sorting Individuals of the Same Name
151
The Critical Connection Finding Ancestors Who Lived Before 1850
173
Ten Mistakes Not to Make in Your Family Research
194
Analysis of Evidence
215
Index
232
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Marsha Hoffman Rising CG, FASG, was a professional genealogist who specialized in problem-solving issues that arise while researching nineteenth century ancestors. She also served as vice president of the National Genealogy Society and served on the boards of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the New England Historic Genealogic Society, and as president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Genealogical Speaker's Guild. During her thirty year professional career in genealogy, she received the National Genealogical Society Award of Merit (1989), was elected a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Society (1990), received the FGS George E. Williams Award (1991), the National Genealogical Society Award of Excellence (1992), and the FGS Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award (1999).

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