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Unpuzzling Your Past The Best Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy

ISBN-10: 1558705562
ISBN-13: 9781558705562
Edition: 4th 2001 (Revised)
Authors: Emily Anne Croom
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Description: This book provides a guide to tracing family trees and origins, with information and advice on making use of public sources, including courthouse records, federal government resources and computers.

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: F&W Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/10/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 180
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

This book provides a guide to tracing family trees and origins, with information and advice on making use of public sources, including courthouse records, federal government resources and computers.

Foreword
In the Beginning
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
Charting Your Course
Five-Generation Chart
Family Group Sheet
Chronological Profile
Things to Do Now
Strategies for Winning in Genealogy
Be Systematic
Be Resourceful
Be Thorough
Be A Cluster Genealogist
Be Considerate
Be a Cautious Detective
Be Passionate About Accuracy
Be Smart: Document Your Facts
Things to Do Now
What's in a Name?
Spelling Variations
Anglicized, Translated, and Changed Names
Clues in Names
Nicknames and Abbreviations
Fads and Eras
Cautions for Genealogists
Things to Do Now
Begin Solving the Puzzle With Interviews
At Any Beginning
Interviewing for Vital Information
Conducting and Taping an Interview
Things to Do Now
Hand-Me-Downs: Family Traditions
Oral Tradition in Family History
Customs As Traditions
Things to Do Now
Life History: Beginning to End
Collecting Family Stories
Interview Questions: Childhood
Interview Questions: Teen Years
Interview Questions: Adulthood
What Were They Like?
Family Medical History
Things to Do Now
History as the Family Lived It
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
Family Sources and Beyond
Checklist of Family Sources
"Spice" From Family Sources
Choosing a Research Focus and Making a Plan
Things to Do Now
Beyond the Family: Federal Census Records
Understanding the Census
Reading Census Records Effectively
Supplemental Schedules
Soundex
Challenges of Census Reading
Census Check Form
Things to Do Now
Beyond the Family: County and State Sources
County Courthouses
Marriage Records
Wills and Probate Records
Deeds and Property Records
Other Courthouse Records
Checklist of State Sources
Things to Do Now
Beyond the Family: Local Sources
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
Beyond the Family: Additional Federal Sources
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
Where Do I Look for That?
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
What's in a Date?
Writing Dates
Reading Dates
Old Style and New Style Dates
What Day of the Week?
Using Dates
Things to Do Now
Read It Right: Handwriting of the Past
Quirks in Style
Deciphering
Transcribing
The Older Style
Numbers
Marks
In Documents
Things to Do Now
Fitting the Pieces Together: A Case Study
The First Generation: Ella Lee
The Second Generation: Cordelia
Challenge: Cordelia's Birth Date and Birthplace
Endnotes
Things to Do Now
Sharing Your Family History
Writing a Family History
Family History Collection
Things to Do Now
Glossary and Relationship Chart
National Archives and Regional Branches
Federal Census, 1790-1930
Which Census Reports...?
First Federal Census Available for Each State
Blank Forms
Five-Generation Chart
Alphabetical Ancestors
Family Group Sheet
Census Check Form
Map
Census Forms 1790-1930
Bibliography
Bibliographies in the Text
Cited or Selected Works for Further Reference
Index

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