Finding Your Roots: How to Trace Your Ancestors at Home and Abroad

Finding Your Roots: How to Trace Your Ancestors at Home and Abroad

by Jeane Westin, Jeane Eddy Westin
     
 

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Finding Your Roots offers a step-by-step guide into the world of personal genealogical research, beginning with something you already know -- your own name.

There are more than 1,500,000 family names (surnames) in the U.S. today. Although enormous numbers of European, Asian, Mexican, and other immigrants brought their surnames to this country during the last two

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Finding Your Roots offers a step-by-step guide into the world of personal genealogical research, beginning with something you already know -- your own name.

There are more than 1,500,000 family names (surnames) in the U.S. today. Although enormous numbers of European, Asian, Mexican, and other immigrants brought their surnames to this country during the last two centuries, the predominant family names are still very close to what they were in Revolutionary times. And because most Western countries formed family names in four ways (place names, patronymics (son of, e.g., Johnson), occupation, and nicknames), your surname can be a clue to where you came from and what your ancestors did.

Next, find out what's already known about your family history, by interviewing older relatives -- grandparents, aunts, and uncles, etc. Westin shows you how to conduct interviews by phone, letter or in person, gives tips on taking notes and transcribing recordings, and perhaps most important, describes how to keep and organize your records. Simply getting back in touch with a long lost family member on a project of such mutual interest can be immensely rewarding in itself.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
The process of searching for family background and history has become infinitely easier in the age of the Internet. Genealogical software and reams of information posted to the Web are just two of the computer-driven innovations that have helped amateur family historians in their quest to look back in time. Finding Your Roots is a fine guide for all those who want to look within the U.S. and abroad for answers to their family's historical questions. Databases are reviewed, programs are picked apart, and the best routes for overseas searching are traveled. Fully updated for the age in which the computer serves as a more-than-adequate supplement to the library stacks, the latest edition of Finding Your Roots will open up new doors for the family researcher.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874779431
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Edition description:
Revised & Expanded
Pages:
335
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.90(d)

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