The Family Tree Detective: Cracking the Case of Your Family's Story

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Create a wonderful family record to be treasured and enjoyed

Everyone loves having a case to solve. This time the subject really hits home - your family's history! The quest is to discover everything you want to know about your own family's story. No two families are exactly alike; each one has its own cast of amazing characters. Author Ann Douglas is the ideal tour guide on a fascinating journey of discovery, revealing ways to uncover ...

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Overview

Create a wonderful family record to be treasured and enjoyed

Everyone loves having a case to solve. This time the subject really hits home - your family's history! The quest is to discover everything you want to know about your own family's story. No two families are exactly alike; each one has its own cast of amazing characters. Author Ann Douglas is the ideal tour guide on a fascinating journey of discovery, revealing ways to uncover intriguing pieces of family lore that are sure to delight, entertain and enlighten young readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Robin Raskin
Gets kids thinking about new ways to keep in touch.
Family PC, April 2000
Robin Raskin
Gets kids thinking about new ways to keep in touch.
Family PC
Children's Literature - Wendy Pollock-Gibson
Genealogy can be fun and interesting! Children learn about gene pools, family relationships, interview techniques and how to pull all this information together. Sample interview questions, a discussion of possible family artifacts, and a family tree chart make this a useful tool for anyone interested in tracing their family history. This paperback book would be perfect to keep the conversation going at a family reunion or visit with grandparents. The humorous illustrations and conversational text work together to appeal to children of all ages.
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Gr 4-8For students interested in family history, this book is just the ticket. In 16 brief chapters, a surefire method for conducting genealogical research is outlined. General background predominates in the first four sections, which cover rationale, basic Mendelian genetics, and degrees of relatedness. The rest of the book introduces various interviewing techniques, data collection and storage, and ways to present the story of a family once it is together. Suggested research tools include interviews (whether by letter, phone, tape recorder, or e-mail), videotapes, schematic representations of family trees, and scrapbooks. Branching Out boxes offer tips on getting facts and locating pictorial data. Detective Tip sidebars frame questions, while Amazing Family Facts offer information on families, holiday customs in other countries, the implications of human migration, and addresses of genealogical organizations in the United States and Canada. Reproducible pages (in three double-page spreads) provide forms for making a family tree, recording ones own family facts, and interview questions and answers. MacEacherns cartoon illustrations are bright and energetic enough to carry readers through the more nuts-and-bolts portions. A brief glossary and short but accurate index round out this useful resource.Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781895688887
  • Publisher: Maple Tree Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.77 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

An award-winning writer, teacher, and journalist, Ann Douglas has published numerous books and written extensively on family life and parenting for a variety of Canadian and U.S. publications. Her book, Before You Were Born, was an "Our Choice" starred selection.

Stephen MacEachern is an accomplished graphic designer and illustrator whose artwork regularly appears in advertising and books.

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Table of Contents

Be a Family Detective! 4
From the Roots 6
It's All Relative 10
Growing a Family Tree 12
Getting Going 14
Get the Scoop! 16
Ask Away 18
Pulling in the Info 20
Looking for Clues 26
Globetrotting 32
What's in a Name? 34
Travelling through Time 38
Your Own Amazing Family Facts 40
Tell the World 42
Final Words 46
Family Detective Words 47
Index 48
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