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Technology, Software and Supplies for the Family Historian

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How to Do Everything Genealogy

Trace your family tree and discover your roots

Fully updated and revised, this bestselling genealogy guide helps you tap into the wealth of global ancestry records and offers proven strategies for both traditional and electronic research. How to Do Everything: Genealogy, Second Edition explores basic rules of genealogical evidence, evaluation of source materials, research methods, and successful techniques for web-based research. You'll get new information on DNA-based records, social networking sites, blogs, podcasts, the latest hardware and software, and much more.
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The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual

Family historians depend upon thousands of people unknown to them. They exchange research with others; copy information from books and databases; and write libraries, societies, and government offices. At times they even hire professionals to do legwork in distant areas and trust strangers to solve important problems. But how can a researcher be assured that he or she is producing or receiving reliable results? This official manual from the Board of Certification for Genealogists provides a standard by which all genealogists can pattern their work.

Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam

In Geneologies of Religion, Talal Asad explores how religion as a historical category emerged in the West and has come to be applied as a universal concept.
The idea that religion has undergone a radical change since the Christian Reformation—from totalitarian and socially repressive to private and relatively benign—is a familiar part of the story of secularization. It is often invokved to explain and justify the liberal politics and world view of modernity. And it leads to the view that "politicized religions" threaten both reason and liberty. Asad's essays explore and question all these assumptions. He argues that "religion" is a construction of European modernity, a construction that authorizes—for Westerners and non-Westerners alike—particular forms of "history making."

To the Grave: A Genealogical Crime Mystery #2 (Jefferson Tayte 2)

TO THE GRAVE: A Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Crime Mystery #2. 96,000 words.A wartime secret with deadly repercussions.

Awarded Your Family Tree magazine 'Seal of Approval'. Featured in issue 118, June 2012.
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Forget vampires!

Only angels know that true love is worth falling for…
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The Official Guide to

Whether you are coming to for the first time or have used it for years, you need The Official Guide to Written by noted genealogist and lecturer George G. Morgan, this official guide takes you inside the #1 website for family history research for an unprecedented tour. This second edition includes chapters on the new search at Ancestry, MyCanvas, and Ancestry DNA. In addition, it helps you create and develop your own Family Tree, explore obscure databases you didn't know existed, and more. You've always known was a valuable resource. Now you can learn to use it like never before.

Colonial families of the United States of America, in which is given the history, genealogy and armorial bearings of colonial families who settled in the American colonies…

Colonial families of the United States of America, in which is given the history, genealogy and armorial bearings of colonial families who settled in the American colonies from the time of the settlement of Jamestown, 13th May, 1607, to the battle of Lexington, 19th April, 1775. 633 Pages.

Kindle for Genealogists and Family History Researchers [article]

Kindle for Genealogists and Family History Researchers [article]
This 8-page article is aimed primarily at genealogists and family historians however the principles apply to many other hobby, leisure and professional pursuits.
The Kindle has tremendous appeal to genealogists and family historians through a combination of the easy to read screen, simplicity of operation and long battery life. The market in genealogical content in eReader format is still relatively new and there is a great opportunity for contributors to publish short documents, articles, even full blown books to build out the electronic genealogical library. However, you don’t have to be an author to use the Kindle to store your own content and to reap the benefits of using the Kindle to hold your personal research notes, papers and more.
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Forensic Genealogy

Have you ever considered looking at the edges of an old photograph to find out who is in the picture? Have you ever considered epidemics as a source of genealogical information? How can you use DNA to connect your family with historical events long in the past? These are only a few of the surprising connections Forensic Genealogy offers for investigating the where, who, when, and why of your family history. As featured on NPR’s Talk of the Nation radio program (July 2005), Internet Genealogy (June 2006 Online Bonus Edition), Family Tree Magazine (April 2006), and Family Chronicle (October 2005), Forensic Genealogy offers innovative new tools for getting the most information out of your reference materials. Forensic Genealogy also suggests many unusual places to look for family history. After reading this book, you will never look at your research materials the same way again! Forensic Genealogy comes with the Forensic Genealogy CD ROM and a mail-in coupon from Family Tree DNA for a $10 discount on any testing service.

Discover Your Family History Online: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting Your Genealogy Search

Your Guide to Online Genealogy
The internet has made millions of records available to search any time, anywhere. Start finding your ancestors with just a few strokes of a keyboard using the detailed instruction in this book. Inside you'll find: An overview of where and how to start your family history research Detailed descriptions of the best online databases for family historians Hundreds of helpful websites to further your research Step-by-step search instructions to help you find exactly what you're looking for Chapters dedicated to finding specific records, including birth, marriage and death; census; military; land; and immigration Case studies that apply key concepts to real-life searches Ideas for connecting with fellow researchers and distant relatives through social media, blogging and newsletters Special resources for researching American Indian, African-American and Jewish ancestors Plus access to bonus online video demonstrations If you're curious about who's hanging out in your family tree, there's never been a better time to find out. Get this book, get online and get started today!