Unpuzzling Your Past
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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In the Beginning
Charting Your Course
Strategies for Winning in Genealogy
Whats in a Name?
Begin Solving the Puzzle With Interviews
HandMeDowns Family Traditions
Life History Beginning to End
History as the Family Lived It
Beyond the Family Local Sources
Beyond the Family Additional Federal Sources
Where Do I Look for That?
Whats in a Date?
Read It Right Handwriting of the Past
Fitting the Pieces Together A Case Study
Sharing Your Family History
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