Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes: The quick guide to creating a family tree, building connections with relatives, and discovering the stories of your ancestors

Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes: The quick guide to creating a family tree, building connections with relatives, and discovering the stories of your ancestors

by Shannon Combs-Bennett, Ian Lamont (Editor)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939924681
Publisher: i30 Media Corporation
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 106
Sales rank: 299,036
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

Author Shannon Combs-Bennett is an author, researcher, and lecturer based in the Washington, D.C. metro area. She regularly speaks and writes about genetic genealogy and various research methods. Shannon is a contributor to Family Tree Magazine and Legacy Family Tree Webinars, and is the founder of T2 Family History. Shannon is also a staff genealogist at the National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents


Why are people interested in family history?

What’s in this guide

CHAPTER 1: Starting your family tree

The starting point for any family history project

The importance of linking generations

Getting the right records

Vital records, from birth certificates to death certificates

Non-vital records and census forms

Estate records and newspaper articles

Religious records

What it feels like to run into a brick wall

Five things that can trip up newbies researching family history

Case Study: Finding Sarah’s connections to the Mayflower

CHAPTER 2: Genealogy road trips

The great family document hunt

“You are wasting your time!”

What to include in a portable genealogy kit

Smartphone cameras and apps

Other electronics

Taking notes

How to protect and transport documents and photos

Case Study: David’s Ellis Island mystery

CHAPTER 3: Online research, genetic genealogy, and other resources

Crossing the paper/digital divide

Where to start online searches

Finding gold in genealogy blogs

The dangers of random searching

Genealogy communities and continuing education

Genealogy societies

Lineage societies

Conferences and seminars

Online forums

Genetic genealogy basics

Different types of genetic tests

Haplogroups: Your deep ancestral heritage

Finding skeletons in the genetic closet

Consumer protections under the GINA Act

Case Study: An adoptee’s story

CHAPTER 4: Tracking and sharing your research

Visualizing family history with charts

Digital vspaper

The standard pedigree chart

Variations of pedigree charts

Family group sheet or family record

Research log

Other types of charts and forms

Why source citations are so important

How to create good source citations

Save time with templates

Write it all down: Journaling your way to success

Information to include in your genealogy journal

Writing about other family members

Case Study: Rose’s quest to discover her African-American ancestors

CHAPTER 5: Preserving records and research

How to tame sprawling records

A question of organization

Organizing records using colors

Organizing records using a numbering system

Naming conventions for paper files and digital records

Using spreadsheets to record inventory and other data

Using hardware and other equipment to organize and store records

Computer file formats, from GEDCOM to PNG

Planning for disasters

Case study: Margaret's new approach to organizing records and heirlooms


About the Author


Pedigree chart

Cousin chart

Getting kids involved: questions to ask relatives


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jmgallen More than 1 year ago
“Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes” is a quick introduction for those just getting into genealogy and lists of tips for the veteran. I have been researching my genealogy for many years and learned new things on these pages. This book is divided into five chapters. Chapter one is starting the family tree, including the relatives to interview and the records to search. Chapter two gives tips about the road trips, the cemeteries, churches, courthouses and distant relatives to visit. Chapter three focuses on online research with all its possibilities and perils. Chapter four, tracking and sharing and chapter five, taming sprawling records caught my attention. In addition to its narrative each chapter has boxes of protips, pitfalls and ends with an interesting case study. I have read genealogical articles and books, including the one that came with my Family Tree Maker. What I like about this one is the amount of information author Shannon Combs-Bennett has packed into a quick read. It took me a little over 30. I picked up new ideas on places to look, their limitations and potentials, and how to organize my information. It was a worthwhile read for me and will be for many genealogists. I did receive a free copy of this book.