Tracing Your Roots: DIY Genealogy

Evidence explained : citing history sources from artifacts to cyberspace

Elizabeth Shown Mills.


History is not just a collection of documents-- and all records are not created equal. To analyze and decide what to believe, we also need certain facts about the records themselves.

Mastering online genealogy : Volume I of Quillen's essentials of genealogy

W. Daniel Quillen.


This revised second edition of Mastering Online Genealogy covers the use of computers and the Internet to successfully do your own genealogical research. Quillen shows readers how to use the Internet as an effective genealogical research tool, covering the following key points:

The troubleshooter's guide to do-it-yourself genealogy

W. Daniel Quillen.


The author of the best-selling Secrets of Tracing Your Ancestors offers his latest tips and techniques for advanced do-it-yourselfers. Learn new skills and concepts to unlock family secrets long hidden or obscured by the fog of history, incomplete records, and old heirlooms. With the tools in this book and your own determination, you'll be able to go much farther in reconstructing your family's history than you might have thought possible!

Quillen's Essentials of Genealogy: Tracing Your European Roots.


Genealogy expert W. Daniel Quillen offers valuable tools and resources for anyone wishing to know more about their European ancestors. The United States is largely a nation populated by people of European roots, and many do-it-yourself genealogists find themselves in need of scouring European records to find their ancestors. This volume of Quillen's Essentials of Genealogy shows readers how to do their own research to uncover their European ances...

Mastering census & military records

W. Daniel Quillen.


This book covers the use of two of the most effective sets of genealogical information available to genealogists: Census and military records. Topics include: • Federal censuses: what they are, how to use them, pitfalls and issues concerning the information found in them; • Mortality schedules: a frequently overlooked gold mine of little-known genealogical data; • State censuses: genealogically rich resources • Military records: where and...

Quillen's essentials of genealogy: tracing your irish and british roots.


More than 63 million Americans claim Irish or British ancestry, over 22% of our population. And many of those 63 million are searching for their ancestral roots. Most won't go back many generations before they have to "leap across the pond" in search of their ancestors, and Vol. V in Quillen's Essentials of Genealogy helps budding genealogists do just that. Topics addressed in the book include: -- Where to find Irish and British records -- How to...

The sleuth book for genealogists

Emily Anne Croom.


Croom shares effective research strategies for a successful family history search. Includes case studies and advice on avoiding dead ends.

Finding answers in U.S. census records

Loretto Dennis Szucs & Matthew Wright.


Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records is a comprehensive guide to understanding and using U.S. Census records, in particular those of the federal census. Aimed at the general family history audience, this book is especially useful for the beginning to intermediate researcher. Along with a description of the history and structure of the federal census there is a guide to each decennial census. Three appendixes offer a description of major census ...

Black roots : a beginner's guide to tracing the African American family tree

Tony Burroughs.

Nonfiction, African American

Trace, document, record, and write your family's history with this easy-to-read, step-by-step authoritative guide.Finally, here is the fun, easy-to-use guide that African Americans have been waiting for since Alex Haley publishedRootsmore than twenty-five years ago. Written by the leading African American professional genealogist in the United States who teaches and lectures widely,Black Rootshighlights some of the special problems, solutions, an...

Your guide to cemetery research

Sharon DeBartolo Carmack.


Your Guide to Cemetery Research is a comprehensive, in-depth resource that's perfect for genealogists, researchers and historians. It covers everything from cemetery and death-related terminology to clues offered by headstone art, and cemeteries' role in our culture and history. This guide also examines the funeral customs of various ethnic groups and includes a social history of death that reveals both the usual and unusual ways in which readers...

Family tree problem solver : proven methods for scaling the inevitable brick wall

Marsha Hoffman Rising.


Complications arising from incomplete or missing records, census irregularities, and individuals of the same name occur more often than non-genealogists might think. Respected genealogist and author Marsha Hoffman Rising helps beginners break through these "brick walls" by breaking down each researcher's common problem into a chapter with straightforward solutions. Readers will:* Go straight to the answers they need without wading through theory ...

The family tree guide to finding your Ellis Island ancestors

by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack.


Nearly 20 million immigrants arrived through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924 - roughly 40 percent of Americans descend from these "huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Since the Ellis Island Web site launched in April 2001, there have been more than 60,000 users visiting it every day, trying to find their ancestors. For some researchers, locating their immigrant ancestors in Ellis Island's massive database of passenger arrival lists is a ...

Tracing your family history : the complete guide to locating your ancestors and finding out where you came from

Lise Hull.


To make the information easy to use, the book is divided into five parts: - Part One explains how to get started--from defining your goals to filing pertinent information - Part Two leads you to places where information can be found: national archives, public libraries, museums, and more - Part Three explains how to read vital documents and understand all the fine print - Part Four helps to locate particular ancestors by tracing female ancestors,...

Tracing your Irish family history

Anthony Adolph.


The all-in-one guide to tracing Irish ancestry.A total of 36 million Americans claim Irish ancestry -- more than 10% of the total population and almost nine times the population of Ireland itself. Thousands of Americans travel there in search of their family roots. Tracing Your Irish Family History is an exceptionally useful resource for these data-hungry explorers.In this book, genealogist Anthony Adolph gives insider tips on how best to locate ...

Who do you think you are? : the essential guide to tracing your family history

Megan Smolenyak.


There is no such thing as an ordinary family. Each one has its own stories: the black sheep, the Civil War hero, the ancestors who fled to the United States, or the lost family fortune. No matter how plain you think your background is, chances are there is a saga just waiting to be discovered. The ground-breaking NBC series Who Do You Think You Are? takes seven of America's best-loved celebrities-from Lisa Kudrow to Susan Sarandon-on an emotional...

Unpuzzling your past : a basic guide to genealogy

Emily Anne Croom.

Nonfiction, History

From talking with people to making discoveries in public records, Croom makes genealogical research easy. In the new edition of her popular guide, Croom has expanded the chapters on public sources, including courthouse records, federal government resources, and computers in genealogy.

The genealogy sourcebook

by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack ; foreword by Marsha Hoffman Rising.

Nonfiction, History

A detailed family history is a legacy that generations can enjoy. Those who start looking into their background find that the more they dig the more they want to know about their lineage. Beyond the family bible where can more information be found? The Genealogy Sourcebook is a complete guide to the fascinating world of tracing ancestry with information on where to start the search, what kinds of resources are available, and how to best utilize t...


by Jim and Terry Willard with Jane Wilson.

History, Nonfiction

Genealogy is the second-fastest growing hobby in America, but many would-be family historians are daunted by the sheer volume of information they must sift through and techniques they need to master in order to find their own past. Jim and Terry Willard have compiled an invaluable volume that makes researching one's own family lineage both accessible and fun. Based on the 10-part PBS series by the same name, Ancestors covers all the bases includi...

Genealogy via the Internet : tracing your family roots quickly and easily : computerized genealogy in plain English

Ralph Roberts.

Science/Technology, Nonfiction, History

The Internet and the World Wide Web have made searching family histories fast, fun, and easy. In this humorous and informative book, readers will find genealogical programs, resources available through the Internet, and online databases where one can search for family information.

First steps in genealogy : a beginner's guide to researching your family history

Desmond Walls Allen.

Nonfiction, History

Packed with friendly advice and practical information. Desmond Walls Allen starts with the "how" and "why" of genealogy, helping readers define their goals and uncover facts about the people behind the names and dates.

Genealogy online for dummies

by Matthew Helm and April Leigh Helm.

History, Nonfiction

This edition covers everything a new user needs to know about starting an online research project including where and how to find information, how to communicate with other online genealogists, how to find specific information, and how to build their own site for sharing information.

The everything online genealogy book : use the web to discover long-lost relations, trace your family tree back to royalty, and share your history with far-flung cousins

Pat Richley.

Nonfiction, History, Science/Technology

The genealogy columnist known as DearMYRTLE in the cyber world shows readers the fastest way to research their family tree on the Internet, including how to share family photos and documents online, chat with other genealogists, take classes on the Web, and much more. 2-color illustrations.

Long-distance genealogy

Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer.

Nonfiction, History

Gathering information from sources that can't be visited personally is a problem for all genealogists. Long-Distance Genealogy is designed to help armchair researchers overcome this unavoidable problem. Readers will begin by addressing the basics of starting a long-distance search. Next they'll learn what types of records and publications can be accessed from a distance, problems associated with the process, how to network, how to use computer re...

The genealogy handbook : the complete guide to tracing your family tree

Ellen Galford.

History, Nonfiction

This extensive and Internet-savvy resource offers winning techniques for tracing one's family tree. Exhaustive and immediately useful, the book delivers critical tools and proven techniques for undertaking research with results. 500 full-color photos & illustrations.

The complete beginner's guide to genealogy, the Internet, and your genealogy computer program

by Karen Clifford.

Science/Technology, Nonfiction, History

With bases in Salt Lake City and Monterey, California, Clifford (genealogy and computers, Monterey Peninsula College) provides a manual on using the modern tools available to chart family histories. She explains that while electronic databases, computer programs, and Internet resources have changed the field radically, the research principles remain those that have been established over centuries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (book...

The family tree guide book to Europe : your passport to tracing your genealogy across Europe

Erin Nevius and the editors of Family Tree Magazine

History, Nonfiction

Trace the path of your ancestors without getting stuck in the mud! The Family Tree Guide Book to Europe provides beginner-friendly, how-to instruction on finding your European ancestors. This one-of-a-kind collection provides invaluable information in a single source. Each of the 14 chapters is devoted to a specific country or region of Europe. The authors have extensively researched each region to bring you the essential records and resources fo...

Genealogy online for dummies

by Matthew L. Helm and April Leigh Helm.

Nonfiction, Science/Technology, History

Researching your genealogy online is like being a kid in a candy store. So many neat things catch your eye that it's difficult to decide which one to try. That's where Genealogy Online For Dummies, 5th Edition comes in. This completely practical handbook helps you become a smart, discriminating researcher from the moment you start your investigation.Unlike other genealogy books, this easy-to-use guide does more than show you how to access and use...

The complete idiot's guide to genealogy

by Christine Rose and Kay Germain Ingalls.

History, Nonfiction

it s often easier to know where you re going in life when you ve figured out where you ve come from. The Complete idiot s Guide to Genealogy, Second Edition offers readers an opportunity to understand the craft of genealogy, explore their roots, construct family trees, and begin to discover their true identity - all in one user-friendly volume. Originally published prior to the boom in online genealogy, this new edition is the most complete guide...

Genealogy online

Elizabeth Powell Crowe.

History, Science/Technology, Nonfiction

After reviewing the rules of online etiquette, ethics, and privacy, this authoritative guide explains how to navigate search engines and vital records offices to find familial ancestors, and recommends the best websites for discovering family history information, such as the LDS databases, Ellis Island records, and the National Genealogical Society. The eighth edition is fully revised with updated information on current websites and online resour...

Tracing your Civil War ancestor

by Bertram Hawthorne Groene.

Nonfiction, History

It is tantalizing to speculate about the role your ancestors may have played in the great national drama of the Civil War. But family records are often inaccurate, or provide precious few leads on where to begin the search. Now, experienced historian Bertram Hawthorne Groene shows you how easy it is to trace your forbearers' role in the war, where and how long they fought, whether they were Union or Rebel, soldier or sailor -- even with a minimum...

In search of your German roots : a complete guide to tracing your ancestors in the Germanic areas of Europe

Angus Baxter.


This book, significantly updated with new websites and email contacts, guides readers with German ancestry through methods for building their family tree. Readers can navigate searches based on last name, region of US settlement, and the areas in Germany or European German settlements where their family originated. The guide includes estimations of the cost of each type of search. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Mastering Family, Library and Church Records


A must-have for any budding genealogist -- fills a gap on the genealogy bookshelf! Mastering Family, Church and Library Records is the latest in Quillen's Essentials of Genealogy series. Many genealogists--beginners as well as experienced researchers--overlook records that are often available at their fingertips. Quillen helps genealogists find, explore and extract the most relevant information from these records. Family records often supply gene...