The Everything Family Tree Book: Research And Preserve Your Family History

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Everything Books, Jan 13, 2006 - Reference - 304 pages
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Completely updated for today's search tactics and blockades, The Everything Family Tree Book has even more insight for the stumped!

Whether you're searching in a grandparent's attic or through the most cryptic archiving systems, this book has brand-new chapters on what readers have been asking for:
  • Genetics, DNA, and medical information
  • Surname origins and naming
  • Appendix on major genealogical repositories, libraries, and archives
  • Systems for filing and organizing
  • The latest computer software
  • Land, probate, and estate records

Chock-full of tips the competitors don't have, this is the one-stop resource for successful sleuthing!

 

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Contents

Family Tree Basics
1
Who Makes Up the Family Tree?
2
Charting Your Course
5
Taking Notes
7
Writing It Right
9
Dates and Calendars
12
Numbering the Family Tree
14
Citing Your Sources
16
Searching the Deed Index
139
Organization of State and Federal Lands
140
StateLand States
141
Section Township and Range
143
Metes Bounds and Meanders
148
Probate and Estate Trails
151
With or Without a Witt
152
Understanding the Probate Process
154

The Journey Begins at Home
19
Start with Yourself
20
Next Come Mom and Dad
21
Digging in the Attic
22
Ask and You May Receive
24
The Art of the Interview
27
Clues in Family Photographs
29
Growing the Family Tree
33
Setting Goals
34
Has It Already Been Done?
35
Do Your Homework
38
Mapping Your Course
39
Corresponding with Confidence
42
Tracking Your Progress
46
The Name of the Game
47
The Origin of Surnames
48
Name Changes and Spelling Variations
52
Naming Practices and Patterns
54
Nicknames
56
Heraldry and Coats of Arms
57
Where Do I Look for That?
61
Multiply Your Chances
62
Order of Importance
63
Birth Date or Location
64
Marriage Date or Location
65
Death Date or Location
66
Name of an Individuals Parents
68
Maiden Name of a Female Ancestor
69
When You Still Cant Find the Answers
70
Vital Records
71
What5 Vital?
72
How and Where to Find the Records
74
Birth Records
75
Marriage Records
76
Death Records
79
Clues in the Census
81
Understanding the US Census
82
Researching the Individual Censuses
86
NonPopulation Schedules and Special Censuses
91
State and Local Censuses
94
Marching Papers
95
Identifying Military Ancestors
96
Types of Military Records
97
Colonial Wars and the American Revolution
100
The American Civil War
101
TwentiethCentury Military Records
102
How to Order Copies of Military Records
104
Military Lineage and Historical Societies
105
A Nation of Immigrants
107
Why Do People Migrate?
108
Locating and Using Immigration Records
109
Strategies for Locating Your Ancestors Ship
112
Border Entries from Canada and Mexico
117
Finding Your Ancestors Town of Origin
118
Becoming a Citizen
119
Migration Trails Across America
122
Clues in the Cemetery
123
Why Cemeteries?
124
Burial and Plot Records
127
Planning Your Visit
128
Stories in Stone
129
Preserving the Memories
133
Following in Their Footsteps
137
Digging for Deeds
138
What You Can Learn from Probate Records
155
Where to Find Probate and Estate Records
157
When You Cant Find a Witt
158
Branching Out
161
Church and Religious Records
162
Newspapers and Obituaries
164
Social Security Records
166
Occupational Records
170
School Records
172
The History in Family History
174
Special Situations in Family Trees
177
Adoption
178
Researching AfricanAmerican Roots
181
Jewish Genealogy
187
Native American Genealogy
188
Native Americans in Federal Records
190
Other Ethnic Groups
192
Walking the Web
193
Finding a Tree in the Forest
194
Connecting with Cousins
198
Mining Electronic Databases
203
Sharing Your Success
207
Shelves of Possibilities
209
Published Indexes and Compilations
210
Libraries and Archives
211
LDS Family History Center
216
Visiting the Courthouse
218
Genealogical and Historical Societies
224
Tools for Taming the Family Tree
225
Making Sense Out of Chaos
226
Choosing a Filing System
227
Family Tree Software
228
GEDCOM 101
231
Pass It OnPreserving Family Records
233
Preserving Family Documents Photos and Heirlooms
235
Assembling the Pieces
237
Sources Information and Evidence
238
Primary Versus Secondary Information
239
Direct Versus Indirect Evidence
240
Evaluating the Evidence
241
Proving Your Argument
243
Resolving Discrepancies
245
Why Does It Matter?
247
When You Get Stuck
249
I Cant Find Them
250
Sorting Out the Smiths
252
Educating Yourself Further
254
Sources for Help
257
Hiring a Professional
258
Uncovering Your Genetic Roots
261
What DNA Can Tell You
262
Markers
263
Paternal Line Yline DNA Testing
264
DNA Surname Studies
265
Explaining the Study to Family
267
Sharing Your Family History
271
Writing Your Own Life Story
272
Writing a Family History
274
Publishing Your Family History
279
Connecting with Kin Family Newsletters
280
For Further Information
283
Charts for Plotting Your Family Tree
298
Index
301
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About the author (2006)

Kimberly Powell is the winner of the 2013 Silver Tray for Excellence in Genealogical Publishing. She is vice president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a member of the National Genealogical Society and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. She has written about genealogy for About.com since 2000, and she is the author of "The Everything Family Tree Book, 2nd Edition" and "The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 2nd Edition".

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