The Genealogist's Question & Answer Book

The Genealogist's Question & Answer Book

by Marcia Melnyk
     
 

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.

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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 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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Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558705906
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
02/01/2002
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.48(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.74(d)

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