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Start getting answers today with the best-selling Unpuzzling Your Past! With wit and enthusiasm, Emily Croom provides the tools and information you need to begin your family history adventure, with step-by-step guidance, forms to copy, places to look, and interesting examples each step along the way.

Throughout the book, you will find: Strategies for success; Tips for getting the most from names, dates, and handwriting of the past; Suggestions of "Things To Do Now" to apply what...

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Overview

Start getting answers today with the best-selling Unpuzzling Your Past! With wit and enthusiasm, Emily Croom provides the tools and information you need to begin your family history adventure, with step-by-step guidance, forms to copy, places to look, and interesting examples each step along the way.

Throughout the book, you will find: Strategies for success; Tips for getting the most from names, dates, and handwriting of the past; Suggestions of "Things To Do Now" to apply what you have learned; Illustrations, charts, sidebars, and bibliographies for further reference.

Besides gathering names and dates, genealogists want to learn how their ancestors lived and how they fit into the history happening around them. Focusing first on the family as a source of this kind of information, the book provides interview formats and ideas for tapping family papers and keepsakes, oral tradition, and memories. It also introduces you to research and the multitude of public records helpful in identifying and learning about ancestors-from newspapers and cemeteries to censuses and land records.

Unpuzzling Your Past is great for both individual and classroom use. For this updated and revised fourth edition, Croom has expanded information on public records, added useful Internet addresses, and included a chapter-length case study of a search to identify female ancestors.

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Learning about your family's history is both educational and fun. This top-notch genealogical guide will show you how to search public records and other sources, along with teaching you how to get the most out of family documents and conversations with relatives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558705562
  • Publisher: Croom, Emily
  • Publication date: 8/15/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 1
1 In the Beginning 3
Can You Name Your Great-Grandparents?
Ancestors and Generations
Why the Jigsaw Puzzle?
Organize Early and Often
Choose a Focus Ancestor
Taking Notes
Computers?
Things to Do Now
2 Charting Your Course 10
Five-Generation Chart
Family Group Sheet
Chronological Profile
Things to Do Now
3 Strategies for Winning in Genealogy 23
1. Be Systematic
2. Be Resourceful
3. Be Thorough
4. Be A Cluster Genealogist
5. Be Considerate
6. Be a Cautious Detective
7. Be Passionate About Accuracy
8. Be Smart: Document Your Facts
Things to Do Now
4 What's in a Name? 35
Spelling Variations
Anglicized, Translated, and Changed Names
Clues in Names
Nicknames and Abbreviations
Fads and Eras
Cautions for Genealogists
Things to Do Now
5 Begin Solving the Puzzle With Interviews 45
At Any Beginning
Interviewing for Vital Information
Conducting and Taping an Interview
Things to Do Now
6 Hand-Me-Downs: Family Traditions 55
Oral Tradition in Family History
Customs As Traditions
Things to Do Now
7 Life History: Beginning to End 60
Collecting Family Stories
Interview Questions: Childhood
Interview Questions: Teen Years
Interview Questions: Adulthood
What Were They Like?
Family Medical History
Things to Do Now
8 History as the Family Lived It 68
Family Life in Any Generation After 1900
1920s
The Great Depression and the 1930s
World War II and the 1940s
1950s and 1960s
1970s and After
Things to Do Now
9 Family Sources and Beyond 76
Checklist of Family Sources
"Spice" From Family Sources
Choosing a Research Focus and Making a Plan
Things to Do Now
10 Beyond the Family: Federal Census Records 91
Understanding the Census
Reading Census Records Effectively
Supplemental Schedules
Soundex
Challenges of Census Reading
Census Check Form
Things to Do Now
11 Beyond the Family: County and State Sources 108
County Courthouses
Marriage Records
Wills and Probate Records
Deeds and Property Records
Other Courthouse Records
Checklist of State Sources
Things to Do Now
12 Beyond the Family: Local Sources 128
Cemeteries
Newspapers
Local Schools and Colleges
Local Churches and Religious Organizations
Local Historians and Elders of the Community
Local Libraries
Other Local Sources
Checklist of Local Sources
Research Tips
Interlibrary Loan
Things to Do Now
13 Beyond the Family: Additional Federal Sources 146
The National Archives
Military Records
Federal Land Records
Immigration and Naturalization Records
Native American Records
African-American Research
Other Federal Sources
Things to Do Now
14 Where Do I Look for That? 172
Birth, Death, and Age Information
Marriage Date and/or Place
Names of Family Members
Mother's Maiden Name
Ancestors on the Move
Occupation
Political Affiliation
Housing or Living Conditions
Country of Origin
Things to Do Now
15 What's in a Date? 189
Writing Dates
Reading Dates
Old Style and New Style Dates
What Day of the Week?
Using Dates
Things to Do Now
16 Read It Right: Handwriting of the Past 196
Quirks in Style
Deciphering
Transcribing
The Older Style
Numbers
Marks
In Documents
Things to Do Now
17 Fitting the Pieces Together: A Case Study 206
The First Generation: Ella Lee
The Second Generation: Cordelia
Challenge: Cordelia's Birth Date and Birthplace
Endnotes
Things to Do Now
18 Sharing Your Family History 227
Writing a Family History
Family History Collection
Things to Do Now
Appendix A Glossary and Relationship Chart 231
Appendix B National Archives and Regional Branches 240
Appendix C Federal Census, 1790-1930 243
Which Census Reports...?
First Federal Census Available for Each State
Appendix D Blank Forms 246
Five-Generation Chart
Alphabetical Ancestors
Family Group Sheet
Census Check Form
Map
Census Forms 1790-1930
Bibliography 270
Bibliographies in the Text
Cited or Selected Works for Further Reference
Index 273
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2005

    Good start for beginners

    I found this book to be an excellent source for beginners and pros too. It's easy reading and understandable at all levels of reading. The advice and steps given are very helpful in organizing and getting started research your family history.

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    Posted September 28, 2007

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    I've only been doing genealogy for five weeks and this book has been a tremendous help. It even has blank census forms at the back of the book so you know the names of all column headings. Believe me, this helps when you're browing census records online and can't make out the headings.

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