Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Uncovering Your Family's History

Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Uncovering Your Family's History

by Maureen Taylor
     
 

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Here is an easy-to-follow approach to the fascinating hobby of genealogy. Every family has a story, and this book can help kids uncover the secrets and adventures of their own ancestors. From lists of helpful organizations to sample interview questions, state-of-the-art computer programs to Web sites, this guide will help children become family historians. Each

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Here is an easy-to-follow approach to the fascinating hobby of genealogy. Every family has a story, and this book can help kids uncover the secrets and adventures of their own ancestors. From lists of helpful organizations to sample interview questions, state-of-the-art computer programs to Web sites, this guide will help children become family historians. Each chapter begins with a real anecdote, enticing young readers with visions of what they might find hidden in their ancestors' pasts. All varieties of families are represented here - extended, adoptive, and blended, from many races and cultures - with emphasis on the unique role that each has played in the founding and development of the United States.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"By researching our family's history, we discover ourselves through our relatives." Intended as an introduction to the art of genealogy, this book admirably fulfills its purpose. It is logically arranged in ten chapters, including "Family Stories and Keepsakes," "Getting Started," and "Helpful Technology." Most chapters contain lists of special collections or resources such as the National Archives and the American Jewish Archives. In the process of discussing research, the author includes gems such as this clue to information dating: the name Wendy was invented by Sir James Barrie for a character in Peter Pan; it did not exist before 1904. Helpful charts and diagrams make research look easy and intriguing.... The book is a good resource for families above and beyond the intended middle-school audience.
Horn Book
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Readers are told how to access a variety of resources including vital reords, cemetery records, land records, citizenship papers, passenger lists, church records, newspapers, city directories, military records, Web sites, and genealogical libraries. The suggestions for potential sources are interspersed with anecdotes and quotes from people who have studied their family roots. The format has been designed with young people in mind-a large font size, white space, and a historical photograph or reproduction on most two-page spreads. However, the process of genealogical research is often complex and it is unlikely that children will be able to do most of the research outlined in this book independently. Motivated young researchers with adult help will find the book a good starting place.-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Burns
[T]he book is a good resource for families above and beyond the intended middle-school audience.
The Horn Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395869802
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Maureen Taylor has been the director of Library User Services at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, a reference librarian, a historical researcher and speaker, a film archivist, and a genealogical consultant. She holds undergraduate and master's degrees in history from Rhode Island College. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children.

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