The Genealogist's Companion and Sourcebook

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The Resource for Researching U.S. Records

The Genealogist's Companion and Sourcebook gives you the thorough treatment of U.S. records you need: not just what sources are available, but how they can aid your research, how to access them, and how to use them. Emily Croom, author of the best-selling Unpuzzling Your Past, invites you to explore the variety of valuable sources - from territorial papers and fire insurance maps to records found in ...

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Overview


The Resource for Researching U.S. Records

The Genealogist's Companion and Sourcebook gives you the thorough treatment of U.S. records you need: not just what sources are available, but how they can aid your research, how to access them, and how to use them. Emily Croom, author of the best-selling Unpuzzling Your Past, invites you to explore the variety of valuable sources - from territorial papers and fire insurance maps to records found in archives and law libraries.

The second edition comprehensively covers records nationwide with research examples and success stories. Three in-depth case studies tap multiple sources to solve research problems. Croom, known for her accessible style and careful attention to detail, generously illustrates each chapter with sample records and includes an extensive index.

Both an essential reference and a helpful how-to, the Companion and Sourcebook can provide the knowledge base you need to take the next step in your genealogy. As the author advises, you never know what gems await you in the records until you look.

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In this updated edition of her guide to U.S. genealogical sources, Croom gives readers a helpful framework for identifying and locating records ranging from federal censuses and wills to specialized items vital to African American and Native American research. Loaded with need-to-know facts and warnings about pitfalls to avoid, this work offers record examples and brief case studies to demonstrate the types of data that can be culled from and the questions that can be answered by various sources. Vital records, newspapers, city directories, and church records are among the resources discussed at length in addition to lesser-known but equally valuable items such as atlases and manuscript collections. Bibliographies are included in each chapter. To make the researcher's quest even easier, Croom details where researchers are apt to locate sources in courthouses, libraries, archives, and electronic format, and she includes contact information for the vendors of published items. Though not as comprehensive as Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking's The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy or Val Greenwood's The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy (3d ed.), Croom's book does offer readers (and librarians) quick answers to those "where to find" and "how to use" questions. Recommended for public and genealogical libraries.-Elaine M. Kuhn, Allen Cty. P.L., Ft. Wayne, IN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558706514
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/26/2003
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition, Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 935,383
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Your Genealogy Companion 1
Yes, There Is Hope
Genealogy: A Continual Learning Process
Cluster Genealogy: What and Why?
You Never Know Until You Look
2 Federal Census Records 10
Availability of Census Records
Census Day
Population and Slave Schedules, 1790-1870
Soundex
1880-1890 Censuses
Population Schedules, 1900-1930
Other Finding Aids
1900-1930 Military, Merchant Seamen, Consular Censuses
Censuses After 1930
Federal Decennial Censuses for the Territories
Using the Population Schedules of the Census
Supplemental Schedules
3 County and Courthouse Records 83
Vital Records
Marriage Records
Land and Property Records
Tax Records
Deed Records
Court Records
Probate Records
Administrative and Miscellaneous Records
County Histories
4 Local Sources 120
Cemeteries
Religious Records
Schools and Universities
City Directories
Local Businesses
Organizations
Local Government Records
5 State Records 159
State Censuses
Census Substitutes and Special Enumerations
Territorial Papers
Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States
Confederate Pension Information
State Archives
Other Records
Bibliography of Research Guides to the States
6 Federal Records 191
Library of Congress
National Archives
Military Records
American State Papers
Public Lands
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands
Federal Courts
Other Federal Records
7 Special Collections 227
Newspapers
Maps
Manuscript Collections
8 Libraries 272
Part I-Public, Private, and Academic Libraries
Special Reference Materials in Libraries
Published Family Histories
Biographical Dictionaries
U.S. Government Publications
Part II-Law Libraries
State Laws
The Public Statutes at Large of the United States
Appellate Courts and Court Reports
Legal Databases
Other Reference Material
9 Focus on African-American Genealogy 304
Post-Civil War Records
Pre-Civil War Records
State Government Records
Court Records
Newspapers
National Archives Records
Slave Narratives
Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
Case Study: One McGarity Family
For Further Reading and Reference
10 Focus on American Indian Genealogy 352
Federal Decennial Census Records
Records of Tribal Indians
The "Five Civilized Tribes"
Records of Reservation Indians
Other Records for Native American Research
Military Records
Pre-Federal and Colonial Records
Case Study: Identifying the Cherokee Progenitors of Hilliard Rogers
For Further Reference
11 Immigration and Naturalization 387
Colonial Immigrants
Post-Revolution Arrival Records
Naturalization
Name Changes
Ethnic Genealogical and Historical Societies
Case Study: Grandpa's Hooey
For Further Reference: Immigration and Naturalization
Appendix A National Archives and Regional Branches 430
Appendix B States and Territories in 1861 433
Endnotes 439
Index 447
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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    Great Source & Informational How-to Book!

    I just received this book for Christmas and even though I have been doing geneology for a while, it showed me new sources and how to access them!
    I highly recommend this book, especially if you are just starting out doing research.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2009

    Excellent Reference Book

    Very useful and has a lot of good ideas for the genealogist. I think it would be most useful for the beginning to intermediate level.

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