The Genealogist's Question & Answer Book

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Get your answers to your genealogy questions!

There's never been a better time to discover your ancestors. More family history resources are available now than ever before - making your research options almost limitless. So much information, however, makes determining where to begin, what to believe, and how to decipher it all a challenge.

The Genealogist's Questions & Answers Book helps you overcome these hurdles and make the most of your ...

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Cincinnati Paperback New. Index. 240 pp 1558705902. There's never been a better to discover your ancestors! More family history resources are available now than ever ... before-making your research options almost limitless. So much information, however, makes determining where to begin, what to believe, and how to decipher it all a challenge. The Genealogist's Question And Answer Book helps you overcome these hurdles and make the most of your research time. It provides answers to more than 150 of the most commonly asked questions in a friendly, easy-to-browse format. Questions are conveniently grouped according to the different resources you'll use: from census, church and immigration records to oral histories, Web sites, electronic databases, and more. You'll learn what to look for in each document, how to interpret the information, and where to go next with your research. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Get your answers to your genealogy questions!

There's never been a better time to discover your ancestors. More family history resources are available now than ever before - making your research options almost limitless. So much information, however, makes determining where to begin, what to believe, and how to decipher it all a challenge.

The Genealogist's Questions & Answers Book helps you overcome these hurdles and make the most of your research time. It provides answers to more than 150 of the most commonly asked genealogy questions in a friendly, easy-to-browse format.

Questions are conveniently grouped according to the different resources you'll use: from census, church, and immigration records to oral histories, websites, electronic databases, and more. You'll learn what to look for in each document, how to interpret the information you find, and where to go next with your research.

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What is a collective naturalization? Why is there no 1890 federal census? These questions are symptomatic of the biggest problem in genealogical research: too often, genealogy newbies overlook valuable data or fail to optimize their research time because they have not yet learned the proper terms or numerous informational tidbits that can expedite research. In the form of answers and suggestions to 260 frequently asked questions, Melnyk (The Weekend Genealogist) covers not just the basic whats and wheres of genealogical records but, more importantly, the whysDwhy certain records were created and why they are important to researchers. Beginning with a chapter on general genealogy topics, Melnyk looks at how to begin research. She follows with discussions on various sources, including oral histories, vital and church records, naturalization and land records, computer databases, and cemetery records. Sources often overlooked, such as coroners' records and military hospital records, are covered in detail. Melnyk also documents sources and the reliability of records and provides a chapter of terms encountered during research. Throughout, readers will find record examples, charts of data, and bibliographies for further reading. Although many beginning genealogy guides are available (e.g., Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer's Long-Distance Genealogy, LJ 8/00), this book has a novel format, and the basic know-how it affords will help readers save time while thoroughly gathering data. Even researchers (and librarians) with considerable experience may encounter facts here that refresh or enlighten. Highly recommended for public and genealogy library collections. (Index not seen.)DElaine M. Kuhn, Allen Cty. P.L., Ft. Wayne, IN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558705906
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 General Genealogical Questions 3
Questions about locating facilities, societies, and organizations; determining relationships; how to number genealogical charts; record storage
2 Oral History and Home Sources 21
The why and how of oral history within the scope of your genealogical research
3 Vital Records and Church Records 32
Questions about the different types of and problems with vital records and church records
4 Census Records 47
Questions about census records, the information they provide, the importance of the records, and locating copies to use in research
5 Military Records 71
Questions about military records from different time periods and different levels of government and locating these records
6 Immigration and Naturalization Records 89
Questions about the immigration and naturalization records during different time periods in American history, locating these records, and getting the most information from them
7 Computers, the Internet, Indexes, and Computer Databases 118
Questions about genealogical computer programs, the Internet, the World Wide Web, digital information and databases, and successful search techniques when using electronic media
8 Land, Probate, and Tax Records 136
Questions about locating, using, and evaluating land, tax, and probate records
9 Documenting Sources and Determining the Reliability of Records 153
Questions about the proper documentation of research sources and determining the reliability of the information they provide
10 Newspapers, Periodicals, and City Directories 164
Questions about less often used records such as newspapers, periodicals, and city directories
11 Cemetery and Funeral Home Records 181
Questions about cemeteries, funeral homes, and coroners' and medical examiners' records
12 Terminology: Genealogical Terms and What They Mean 203
Questions about the myriad of terms used in the genealogical field, organizational acronyms and abbreviations, and understanding all the lingo involved with family research
Index 222
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