Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy / Edition 3

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Overview

Genealogists and other historical researchers have valued the first two editions of this work, often referred to as the genealogist's bible." The new edition continues that tradition. Intended as a handbook and a guide to selecting, locating, and using appropriate primary and secondary resources, The Source also functions as an instructional tool for novice genealogists and a refresher course for experienced researchers. More than 30 experts in this field—genealogists, historians, librarians, and archivists—prepared the 20 signed chapters, which are well written, easy to read, and include many helpful hints for getting the most out of whatever information is acquired. Each chapter ends with an extensive bibliography and is further enriched by tables, black-and-white illustrations, and examples of documents. Eight appendixes include the expected contact information for groups and institutions that persons studying genealogy and history need to find."

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Genealogists and other historical researchers have valued the first two editions (1984, 1997) of this work, often referred to as "the genealogist's bible." The new edition continues that tradition, and many libraries will want to acquire it. This time around, technological advances have drastically altered genealogical research. Computers and the Internet make many sources more accessible and more easily searched, and genetic data has entered the scene.

Intended as a handbook and a guide to selecting, locating, and using appropriate primary and secondary sources, The Source also functions as an instructional tool for novice genealogists and a refresher course for experienced researchers. More than 30 experts in this field—genealogists, historians, librarians, and archivists—prepared the 20 signed chapters, which are well written, easy to read, and include many helpful hints for getting the most out of whatever information is acquired. For example, the undated photograph on page 9 of a Mexican village can be roughly dated by knowing that the volcano in the background was active for only a few years, 1943-52.

There are four new chapters: "Computers and Technology," "General Reference and Guides," "Colonial English Research," and "Colonial Spanish Borderland Research." Three chapters were rewritten ("Business, Institution and Organization Records," "Church Records," and "African-American Research"), and all of the others have been updated to reflect new sources and new techniques. Each chapter ends with an extensive bibliography and is further enriched by tables, black-and-white illustrations, and examples of documents. Eight appendixes include the expected contact information for groups and institutions that persons studying genealogy and history need to find, such as family associations, historical societies, and archives.

Any library serving patrons interested in local history or genealogy will want to add this new edition to its collection. Sally Jane
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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Now in a newly revised edition, The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy continues to be the primary reference work in its field. This new edition of The Source is intended to identify and describe the rich body of original research now available, and to facilitate the use of these so that family history can be preserved and enjoyed. Every chapter in this edition has been updated and fine-tuned based on the past 14 years of continuing research and scholarship. Because of the dramatic changes that have taken place in the field of genealogical research several chapters have been completely revised and two new chapters added ("Twentieth-Century Research" and "The Foundations of Family History Research". Whether a novice genealogist just starting out, or an experienced expert with years in the field, The Source is a "must" for all personal, genealogical society, and public library collections. — Midwest Book Review —This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593312770
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Series: Source Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 965
  • Sales rank: 382,026
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 1.91 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, FIGS     vii
Preface   Loretto Dennis Szucs, FUGA   Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, FUGA     ix
Introduction   Raymond S. Wright III, Ph.D., AG, FUGA     xiii
Contributors     xv
The Basics
The Foundations of Family History Research   Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, FUGA   Loretto Dennis Szucs, FUGA     1
Computers and Technology   Juliana Smith     39
General References and Guides   Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA     71
The Records
Business, Institution, and Organization Records   Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL   Ann Carter Fleming, CG, CGL     99
Census Records   Loretto Dennis Szucs, FUGA   Matthew Wright     157
Church Records   Elizabeth Crabtree Wells, MA, MLS     221
Court Records   Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, FUGA   Loretto Dennis Szucs, FUGA   Arlene Eakle, Ph.D.     257
Directories   Gordon L. Remington, FASG, FUGA     325
Immigration Records   Loretto Dennis Szucs, FUGA   Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA   Marian L. Smith     355
Land Records   Sandra Hargreaves Luebking,FUGA     431
Military Records   Lloyd deWitt Bockstruck, MA, MS   Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, FUGA     499
Newspapers   Loretto Dennis Szucs, FUGA   James L. Hansen, FASG     561
Vital Records   Johni Cerny, BS, FUGA     603
People and Place
African American Research   Tony Burroughs, FUGA     651
Colonial English Research   Robert Charles Anderson, MA, FASG     679
Colonial Spanish Borderland Research   George R. Ryskamp, JD, AG     699
Hispanic Research   George R. Ryskamp, JD, AG     735
Jewish American Research   Gary Mokotoff     765
Native American Research   Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, FIGS   George J. Nixon     777
Urban Research   Loretto Dennis Szucs, FUGA   John M. Scroggins, MA     841
Appendixes
Abbreviations and Acronyms     881
Family Associations   Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG     883
Genealogical Societies     887
Hereditary and Lineage Organizations   Lloyd deWitt Bockstruck, MA, MS     897
Historical Societies     919
The LDS Family History Library   Stephen C. Young, MA      925
The National Archives and its Regions     929
State Archives   Linda S. McCleary, MLS     931
Index     937
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    Still in Nov 2014 the best textbook/handbook on USA genealogy, and maybe a couple other countries too
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