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Family Therapy: History, Theory, and Practice (5th Edition) (Merrill Counseling)

The most thorough and well-written text in the field, Family Therapy: History, Theory, and Practice, covers all aspects of working with families. Beginning with an explanation of how individual and family life cycles differ and how healthy and dysfunctional families operate regardless of structure or ethnicity, the author clearly covers the basic processes involved in treating couples and families before delving into a dozen theoretical ways of treating families. Readers will learn about the history of family therapy, multicultural aspects of family therapy, ways of working with various types of families, ethical and legal issues involved in family therapy, and ways of assessing families.
Thoroughly updated and revised, the fifth edition is logically organized into three sections–Understanding Families and Family Dynamics, Therapeutic Approaches to Working with Families, and Professional and Clinical Issues in Family Therapy. Each chapter has an abundance of examples and case studies, and discussion questions included at the end of each chapter help to engage class participation.

For All Time: A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History

Family history writing can take many forms–a short essay or narrative introduction to a collection of family letters, long captions comprising a family photo history, a biography of parents and a narrative of their life together, an autobiography, or even a family newsletter. This sensible and accessible book is for those who want to do a little writing as well as for those who want to do a lot.
Kempthorne shows how easy it is to write family history and how much fun it can be. He illustrates in detail how to: write narratives and dialogue use physical details in a scene to make it come alive create suspense use many other techniques frequently employed by historians and novelists.
By the end of the book, readers will not only gain a thorough understanding of how to write family history, but will have completed a number of sketches to entertain and enrich their families.

Fancy Nancy: My Family History (I Can Read Book 1)

Nancy wants to do an interesting school report on her ancestor. (That's fancy for a family member who lived long ago.) But will she remember to stick to the plain truth?

You Can Write Your Family History

There's no reason a fully documented family history can't read like a page-turning novel. In this concise and accessible book, Sharon DeBartolo Carmack shows genealogists, history buffs, and writers at all levels exactly how to record the fascinating tales of their ancestors. Based on her own extensive experience writing family histories, the author shares her best methods for: – Conducting historical and thematic research – Organizing materials – Outlining and plotting a story – Illustrating with pictures and charts – Making money writing the histories of other families The advice, inspiration and instruction in You Can Write Your Family History makes it possible for anyone – even those who've never written a single page – to successfully chronicle the lives of near or distant relatives. It's the next best thing to having a personal instructor by your side.

Our Family Tree – A Keepsake Book

Record everything about your family's history in the Our Family Tree Keepsake Book. The book is divided into 28 sections that are designed to help you document family ancestry and traditions. Written prompts help you determine what kind of information is important to note. The sections include:The Story Begins. Your family's earliest ancestors.Branching Out. Relatives with whom you have lost touch.Heirlooms and Keepsakes. List treasured family heirlooms.Holiday Memories. Long-held holiday traditions.Family Recipes. Your family's special dishes and favorite treats.

The Our Family Tree Keepsake Book also provides designated spaces for family photos and a 14×20-inch family tree poster to summarize your ancestry. A linen cover makes it a book worthy of display.

On Your Own – How to Design And Construct A Family History Book to Inform And Captivate Readers

This book discusses in practical detail how to design and construct a family history book – its layout, and especially its aesthetics – what to include – organization of subject matter – ways to prepare, repair and enhance documents, images and other research materials for publication displaying records (e.g., censuses and ship manifests) too large to fit onto one page. It provides numerous full-color design examples to illustrate techniques and options. There are lots of tasks you're going to be doing yourself regardless of how you go about producing your book. There are many professional editing and book design firms to help you do the job. But they all cost money and have specific templates they prefer to use. This path can be both expensive, time consuming and unnecessary. With today s personal software and digital printing vendors, taking a DO-IT-YOURSELF approach to the entire process, including the challenge of trying to produce beautifully edited attractive pages is an alternative worth considering.

Our Family Tree: A History of Our Family

This leatherbound hardcover book engraved with a beautiful copper-colored tree will become an invaluable keepsake for any family. A family record is more than names, dates, and places. It is about people—what they did, the why and the how. This book is designed so you can record forever, in one volume, the history of your family and your ancestors.
With sections for the origins of your family, family photographs, and memorable events, this book will hold a special place on your shelf for generations in the future. Also, the "how to" section will help you trace your family's history, including how to obtain records, and what institutions are available for further assistance.
This is a necessary book for families who are interested in their history—and their future.

To Our Children’s Children: Preserving Family Histories for Generations to Come

A warm, accessible, step-by-step guide to creating precious personal histories from the memories of older people, by the best-selling author of Hang Time and his sister, journalist D. G. Fulford.

Reunion: A Search for Ancestors

Where do I come from? That question sets Ryan Littrell on a journey that crosses centuries, and leads to an ancestral homeland.

An anonymous letter reveals the first clues about his family's origins, and soon those clues take him to country graveyards, long-lost cousins, and a shocking DNA discovery. And as one hint follows the next, he uncovers the story of his Scottish ancestors–a tale of heartbreak, betrayal, and unfailing strength.
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Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources, Third Edition

No scholarly reference library is complete without a copy of Ancestry's Red Book. In it, you will find both general and specific information essential to researchers of American records. This revised 3rd edition provides updated county and town listings within the same overall state-by-state organization. Whether you are looking for your ancestors in the northeastern states, the South, the West, or somewhere in the middle, "Ancestry's Red Book has information on records and holdings for every county in the United States, as well as excellent maps from renowned mapmaker William Dollarhide. In short, the "Red Book is simply the book that no genealogist can afford not to have. The availability of census records such as federal, state, and territorial census reports is covered in detail. Unlike the federal census, state and territorial census were taken at different times and different questions were asked. Vital records are also discussed, including when and where they were kept and how"