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A Student's Guide to British American Genealogy

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Overview

This major contribution to young adult genealogy studies helps create ethnic pride, self-esteem, and awareness of the extraordinary accomplishments each ethnic group has brought to the American experience. Designed for use in grades 6-12, this important series explores the creation of the American people while promoting the use and understanding of solid research techniques. Oryx American Family Tree Series enhances the social studies curriculum, especially the thematic strands in the New Curriculum Standards for Social Studies.

A step-by-step guide to genealogical research for students of British American descent or those interested in British Americans.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This volume explores why people trace their roots and includes a discussion of adopted children and a list of resources available to them (primarily for searching for birthparents). Chapters summarize English, Scottish, and Welsh history and traditions, describing names, nobility, clans, and heraldry, and the history of British immigration to America. Instructions are given on how to start a genealogical search. The last chapter addresses how to preserve what is found. Each section includes an extensive bibliography. While most students doing genealogical projects would not be going into the depths of research outlined here, the basic information should prove useful. Black-and-white reproductions of historical drawings and photographs appear throughout, along with a 16-page insert of full-color photographs that focus on Britain today. There is one problem with this title. While material about finding birthparents is important to adopted children, a book on genealogy of a specific ethnic group may not be the most appropriate place for a four-page list of resources for adoptees searching for biological family. Altogether, however, this is a well-written and rich resource for interested students.-Jane Gardner Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897749824
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/18/1995
  • Series: Oryx American Family Tree Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

ANNE E. JOHNSON holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin. She has spent many years researching and performing traditional ballads and songs from the British Isles and Ireland.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Why Trace Your Roots? 1
Ch. 2 Celebrating Heritage 14
Ch. 3 The Land of Your Ancestors 22
Ch. 4 Your Ancestors Were Immigrants 44
Ch. 5 Getting Started 83
Ch. 6 Documents and Libraries 115
Ch. 7 The Idea of Lineage 137
Ch. 8 Preserving What You Find 154
Glossary 166
Index 167
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