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1996 Trade paperback No edition stated. 8 3/8 x 10 1/4. Illustrated. Fine. No dust jacket as issued. No crease in flat, tight spine. Bright wraps, clean pages. Trade paperback ... (US). Glued binding. 196 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. Read more Show Less

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780788404450
  • Publisher: Heritage Books, Inc. MD
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 8.43 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter I The Basic Elements and Order of a Book
Three General Divisions 1
Pagination 1
Title Page and Copyright Page 3
Dedication 4
Table of Contents 4
Lists of Illustrations and Maps 6
Foreword 7
Preface 7
Acknowledgments 8
Introduction 8
List of Abbreviations 9
Chapters and Chapter Titles 9
Body of the Work; the Narrative 10
Conclusion of the Narrative 11
End Matter: Arrangement 11
Appendices 12
Using Appendices to Achieve Balance 12
Revealing the Presence of Appendices 13
Other Matters and Writings in Appendices 13
Notes and Citations 13
Glossary of Terms 16
Bibliography 17
Suggestions for Further Research 18
Index: How to Use 18
Index: How to Construct 18
Summary of This Chapter 20
Chapter II Planning Format
Some Preliminary Thoughts 21
Leaving Some Decisions for Later 21
Uses of Pedigree Charts 21
Uses of Family Unit Charts 23
Uses of Writings of Others 23
Uses of Numbering Systems 25
Numbering Systems; Two Methods Explained (The First) 28
Numbering Systems; Two Methods Explained (The Second) 29
Numbering Spouses in Direct Lines 31
National Genealogical Society (NGS) Numbering Method 32
Understanding the NGS System 32
Applying the NGS and Other Systems 34
Numbering Previously Unknown Folks 35
How to Include Marriages of Cousins in Numbering Systems 36
Other Problems, and a Decimal System 37
Summary as to Forms, Charts, Writings, and Numbering 39
Footnotes or Endnotes? 39
Conclusion 40
Appendices 41
Materials Placed after the Appendices 41
Font Style and Sizes 42
Chapter III Evidence and Proof
Evidence 43
Proof 44
Measures of Proof Required by Organizations 44
Measures of Proof Required by Ourselves 45
Evidence: Qualitative Examples 47
Evidence and Reliability: General Considerations 48
Tests of Evidence, Generally 48
Tests of Evidence: 1) Motives 49
Tests of Evidence: 2) Knowledge and Understanding 49
Tests of Evidence: 3) Memory Loss 50
Tests of Evidence: 4) Oaths and Other Constraints 50
Writing about Evidence and Proof 52
Chapter IV. Part 1: Gleaning What We Missed; Courthouse, Family, and Non-Genealogical Sources
Documents and Writings Made Under Oath, Generally 57
Deeds 57
Some History of Deeds 58
Names and Occupations in Deeds 58
Consideration in Deeds 59
Land Descriptions in Deeds 60
Land Revealed by Boundary Description 63
Other Clauses in Deeds 68
Warranties in Deeds 69
Signers of and Witnesses to Deeds 71
Recording Deeds 71
Use of Records Concerning Deeds 71
Absence of Recording of Deeds 72
Mortgages and Deeds of Trust 72
Early Mortgages 73
Recordation of Mortgages 73
Deeds of Partition, Quit-Claims, and Leases 73
Other Early Land Transactions 77
Wills and Estates, and the Documents Found There 78
Reasons for Wills and Administrations 78
Terms and Documents Used by Courts of Probate; Terms of Courts 79
Nature of Estates 79
Indexes (Indices) 79
Representatives 79
Bonds and Exemptions 80
Guardians and Next Friends 80
Heirs and Legacies 80
Realty and Personalty, Devises and Bequeaths, Descent and Distribution 80
Inventories and Appraisals 80
Debtors and Creditors 82
Sales of Estate Assets 82
Final Orders and After Discovered Assets 82
Per Stirpes and Examples 82
Variations in Estates Files 83
Miscellaneous Legal Writings 83
Loose Papers 85
Tax Records 85
Other Non-Genealogical Writings as Sources 90
Non-Genealogical Writings as Background Information 90
Cemeteries and Churches 91
Cemeteries 92
Chapter IV. Part 2: Gleaning What We Missed; Libraries, Archives, and Archival Type Sources
Censuses and Enumerations, Generally 95
Censuses and Enumerations, State and Local 95
Decennial Censuses Re-examined 96
Citing of Decennial Censuses 97
Decennial Censuses: 1790 97
Decennial Censuses: 1800 and 1810 98
Decennial Censuses: 1820 99
Decennial Censuses: 1830 and 1840 101
Decennial Censuses: 1850 101
Decennial Censuses: 1860 104
Decennial Censuses: 1870 104
Decennial Censuses: 1880 105
Decennial Censuses: 1890 107
Decennial Censuses: 1900 107
Decennial Censuses: 1910 108
Decennial Censuses: 1920 108
Veterans' Records 103
Published Genealogies and Family Histories 113
Genealogical Abstracts 114
Extracts and Summaries 115
Lists of Passengers, Servants, etc. 116
Immigration, Generally 116
Concerning Surnames and "Old Countries" 118
Gazetteers and Maps 118
Societies, Fraternities, and Sororities 121
City Directories 123
Family Bibles 126
Personal Correspondence 126
Newspapers 127
Magazines and Periodicals 130
County Histories 132
Business Ledgers and Accounts 132
Chapter V Preparing for and Writing Narrative
Selecting a Theme 135
Keeping Your Personality and Views to Yourself 137
Preparing for Disappointment 139
Leaving out Modern Views, Sentiments, and Guesses 139
Finding a Copy- and Proofreader 140
Gaining and Regaining Data and Illustrations, and Writing 141
Sorting Illustrations and Notes 142
When to Write What 143
Preparing an Outline or Deciding Not to 143
The Writing of Narrative 144
Placing Illustrations and Notes 145
Construction 146
The Use of Words 146
The Nature of Sentences, Paragraphs, and Chapters 146
Ordering and Organizing Facts 147
Construction of Sentences and Paragraphs 148
Topic Sentences 149
What Goes into a Chapter 150
Closure: Whom and What Did You Forget? 150
Summary of Sentences, Paragraph, and Chapters 151
Backwards of Forwards? 151
Illustrations and Notes Revisited 151
Flow and Transition 152
The Need to Create Interest 154
Context (and Color) 154
Using the Broad Brush of History 154
Finding Context 155
After One Family Line, Then What? 156
Equity of Treatment 157
Using Yourself and Your Times to Close the Story 157
Addressing Ancestors 159
Chapter VI Copyright Considerations, Publishing, and Marketing
Generally 161
Publication of Your Writings 169
Marketing: Developing Your Own List of Prospects 171
Pricing Your Book 173
Advertising Your Work 173
Conclusion 175
Appendix Useful Forms 177
Form 180: Request Pertaining to Military Records 178
NATF-80, Order for Copies of Veterans Records 180
NATF-81, Order for Copies of Ship Passenger Arrival Records 184
NATF-82, Order for Copies of Census Records 187
NATF-83, Order for Copies of Eastern Cherokee Applications 190
1850 Census 191
1880 Census 192
1810 Census 193
State Archives Referral List 194
Index 197
Title Page and Copyright Page 3
Pedigree Chart 22
Family Unit Chart 24
Numbering Systems in a Genealogy 27
Civil War Military Record 46
Map Revealing Subdivisions, Lots, Buildings, etc. 61
Map Revealing Streams, Farm Lands, Owners, Roads, etc. 62
How to Use a Protractor to Plot Lands Owned by Ancestors 67
Warranty Deed 70
Quit-Claim 74
1679 Inventory of Judith Parker 81
1925 Bill of Sale of Automobile 84
Bill of Sale of Estate Assets, found in County Probate Records 86
Marriage Bond from County "Loose Pagers" 87
1772 "Capius" from County "Loose Papers" 88
Civil War Document Obtained From National Archives 100
Revolutionary War Record Obtained from National Archives 110
Map Revealing Landowners, etc. 120
Certificate of Fraternity Membership 122
Pages from a Non-Genealogical Source 125
Vital Records Found in Newspapers 128
Page from County History 131
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