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The companion how-to guide to the hit TV series-with advice for anyone starting their own genealogical search.
In the groundbreaking NBC series Who Do You Think You Are? seven celebrities-Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmitt Smith, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon, and Spike Lee-went on an emotional journey to trace their family history and discover who they really are, and millions of viewers caught the genealogy bug. With the official companion guide, anyone can learn how to chart their family's unique path. Featuring step-by-step instructions from Megan Smolenyak2, one of America's top genealogical researchers, this book offers everything readers need to know to start the journey into their past, from digging through old photos, to finding the best online resources.
Family Photo Detective: Learn How to Find Genealogy Clues in Old Photos and Solve Family Photo Mysteries
Unlock the Secrets of Your Old Family Photos!
Historical family photos are cherished heirlooms that offer a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. But the images, and the stories behind them, often fade away as decades pass – the who, when, where and why behind the photos are lost. In this book, photo identification expert and genealogist Maureen A. Taylor shows you how to study the clues in your old family photos to put names to faces and recapture their lost stories.
Inside, you'll learn how to: Determine the type of image you have – from common paper prints to stereographs to historical daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes Use clothing, accessories, and hairstyles to date the image in the correct decade Research photographer's imprints to narrow down when and where the photo was taken Compare facial features in multiple photos to confirm identity and family resemblance Interview family members to gather more information about the image Identify props in the photo to create context for the image Each chapter includes dozens of historical photos to illustrate key points and provide clear examples. Charts, timelines and resource lists make it easy to find the exact information you need. Dozens of case studies show you how to apply the techniques in the book to real-life photo research projects. The answers to your family photo questions are closer than you think. Let this book help you start finding them today.
This book is the ideal companion for anybody researching their family tree. It provides advice and inspiration on methods and problem-solving and helps the amateur family historian understand what successful professionals do to get results, and why we should copy them. Over the course of 10 chapters it examines the various themes that affect the success or failure of all genealogy research. This begins with an overview of common challenges genealogists encounter and continues with an examination of how to both search effectively and find the right documentary sources. Using examples from her own family history as well as client work, teacher and professional genealogist Helen Osborn demonstrates how to get the most from documents, analyze problems, and build research plans. These subjects lead on to recording results, how to ensure relationships are correctly proved, organizing information, and presenting your findings. Although the book deals mainly with research in England and Wales, the skills taught are easily transferable to research in other countries. This book will be particularly valuable to anyone who is stuck with their research, in addition to those who are keen to learn about advanced skills and methods used by genealogists.
Genealogists and other historical researchers have valued the first two editions of this work, often referred to as the genealogist's bible." The new edition continues that tradition. Intended as a handbook and a guide to selecting, locating, and using appropriate primary and secondary resources, The Source also functions as an instructional tool for novice genealogists and a refresher course for experienced researchers. More than 30 experts in this field–genealogists, historians, librarians, and archivists–prepared the 20 signed chapters, which are well written, easy to read, and include many helpful hints for getting the most out of whatever information is acquired. Each chapter ends with an extensive bibliography and is further enriched by tables, black-and-white illustrations, and examples of documents. Eight appendixes include the expected contact information for groups and institutions that persons studying genealogy and history need to find."
THE LAST QUEEN OF ENGLAND: A Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Crime Mystery #3. 94,000 words.A centuries-old royal conspiracy. The ultimate heir hunt…
'… It takes you on a roller coaster ride.'
How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records
Organize your family photos, heirlooms, and genealogy records
In every family someone ends up with Mom's and Dad's "stuff"—a lifetime's worth of old family photos, papers, and memorabilia packed into boxes, trunks, and suitcases. This inheritance can be as much a burden as it is a blessing. How do you organize your loved one's estate in a way that honors your loved one, keeps the peace in your family and doesn't take over your home or life? How to Archive Family Keepsakes gives you step-by-step advice for how to organize, distribute and preserve family heirlooms.
You'll learn how to: Organize the boxes of your parents' stuff that you inherited Decide which family heirlooms to keep Donate items to museums, societies, and charities Protect and pass on keepsakes Create a catalog of family heirlooms Organize genealogy files and paperwork Digitize family history records Organize computer files to improve your research Whether you have boxes filled with treasures or are helping a parent or relative downsize to a smaller home, this book will help you organize your family archive and preserve your family history for future generations.
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An essential guide to reading and understanding the old documents necessary for researching family or local history
Genealogists and local historians have probably seen every birth, marriage, death, and census record available, and are adept at using the internet for research. However, once they have learned everything they can from them, the next step is reading and understanding older documents. These can be hard to find, as not many are online, and they are often written in challenging handwriting and use legal and other unfamiliar terms. Some will be in Latin, antiquated English, or Scots. Readers need to be able to understand the nature and intent of a range of documents as well as the palaeography (the handwriting) and orthography (the "shape" of the contents). Wills, testaments, contracts, indentures, charters, land records, personal letters, official records, church records, and others, mainly from the period 1560 to 1800, are covered here as are dates, numbers, calendars, measurements and money, abbreviations, transcription conventions, letter-forms, and glossaries. It also includes a Latin primer.
Unearth your family's past by mining the global wealth of digital and print ancestry records
In How to Do Everything Genealogy, award-winning researcher and genealogy writer George G. Morgan shows how to start and continue your family history research using traditional records and techniques, as well as the full array of online databases, digitized records, social networks, and other tools. Learn how to organize and create your family tree; find documents about your family; research census documents, military service records, and land and property rolls; plan a successful genealogy research trip; evaluate sources; and other vital skills to help you uncover and illuminate your family's story. Structure an effective research strategy Locate and access genealogy resources for U.S., Canadian, UK and Ireland, and Australian research See illustrations of scores of sample documents Get past brick walls and dead ends in your research Place your ancestors in geographical and historical context Access libraries, archives, and other repositories online Learn the most efficient Internet search techniques Research and verify ancestors using genetic genealogy (DNA) Use social networking sites and collaboration techniques Discover and use alternative research paths to locate difficult-to-find records Learn to integrate your research by reviewing a real case study