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The Troubleshooter's Guide to Do-It-Yourself Genealogy

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The essential follow-on guide from the author of our classic "Secrets of Tracing Your Ancestors," this book shows advanced do-it-yourselfers how to tackle common research problems!

Leading genealogy author W. Daniel Quillen picks up where he left off in "Secrets of Tracing Your Ancestors" in this newly revised second edition. He shows do-it yourself genealogists who have progressed past his beginning steps exactly how to find their ancestors with more advanced methods of ...

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Overview

The essential follow-on guide from the author of our classic "Secrets of Tracing Your Ancestors," this book shows advanced do-it-yourselfers how to tackle common research problems!

Leading genealogy author W. Daniel Quillen picks up where he left off in "Secrets of Tracing Your Ancestors" in this newly revised second edition. He shows do-it yourself genealogists who have progressed past his beginning steps exactly how to find their ancestors with more advanced methods of researching those hard-to-find ancestors. Quillen tells readers how to overcome those difficult roadblocks that frequently crop up. Investigative techniques, research insights and new websites are highlighted to assit with more advanced genealogical research. Areas covered include in-depth census research; mortality schedules; extensive section on military records; US region-by-region research assistance; global research tips; and when to engage the services of a professional genealogist and what you can expect. Family Chronicle magazine praised Quillen's work as displaying "passion and a touch of humor."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593601881
  • Publisher: Cold Spring Press
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 249,773
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

For more than 25 years, W. Daniel Quillen has been a professional writer specializing in travel and technical subjects. He teaches beginning genealogy courses to university students and working adults, and is a frequent lecturer in genealogy classes.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 9

2 Generational Assists 14

3 Using the LDS Church 19

4 The United States Census 25

5 State Censuses & Mortality Schedules 47

6 Probate Records and Wills 64

7 Immigration & Naturalization Records 77

8 Land Records 110

9 Getting the Most Out of Visiting Cemeteries 125

10 Military Records 136

11 Church Records 184

12 Bible Records 192

13 Old Newspapers 199

14 DNA Research 209

15 Genealogy Software Review 214

16 Subscription and Free Research Services 220

17 Book List for Serious Genealogists 228

18 Taking Your Research on the Road 233

19 Curiosity & Detective-ism 239

Glossary 241

Appendices 245

State Libraries & Archives 245

State Departments of Vital Statistics 251

National Archives Locations 254

Days of the Week Tool 256

Index 264

Sidebars

Enjoy Me While I'm Here! 16

1890 Census r- All is Not Lost 27

So You Want to be a Census Enumerator? 29

Get Involved! 37

Soundex Coding Rules 40

Probate Records & Wills - Terms to Know 66

The United States - The Great Melting Pot 78

Naturalization Terms 85

History Lessons! 107

Taking the Measure of Your Ancestors 118

Preserved History 127

Living in the Shadows 131

Congressional Medal of Honor Winner 156

Civil War Draft Dodgers? 158

Compiled Service Record Document 160

Privacy Laws - 75 Years 176

Great Gobs of Information, With a Caution! 187

Church Terminology 189

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