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Part Number: BXPORTEASY_

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Lights, Camera, and Photography: Portrait Photography Made Easyis the manual for any novice photographer who wants to unlock the potential of their digital camera and take better photographs.128 pages | Published 2017 | PDF (download-only) edition
Part Number: QDDNAORGM_

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With over 2.5 million people in the possession of a DNA test, and most with match lists in the thousands, many are wondering how to keep track of all this data and apply it to their family history. This guide provides the foundation for managing DNA matches and correspondence, and will help budding genetic genealogists: 1) Centralize their point of contact with their matches from multiple testing companies, 2) Familiarize them with Google Forms for tracking information, including providing a link to a free bonus form template, 3) Provide a brief overview of how to use the power of Google Earth in their genetic genealogy, 4) Provide an introduction to spreadsheets, 5) Review valuable third party tools and their contributions to the organizing effort.
Part Number: QDDNANXSTP_

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Many genealogists have heard about the power of DNA testing in genealogy and have dabbled in their own DNA test results. This guide outlines what to do next to maximize the power of DNA testing in genealogy. This guide provides instruction on 1) How to leverage the power of known relatives who have tested, 2) Gain a basic understanding of chromosome browsers and their role in the search process, 3) Access to a free bonus template for evaluating the genealogical relationship of a match in relationship to the predicted genetic relationship, 4) A methodology for converting the unknown relatives on the match list into known relatives. With this guide in hand, genealogists will be prepared to take their DNA testing experience to the next level and make new discoveries about their ancestors and heritage.

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WithYour Life And Times, an oral history handbook, as a guide you will be able to record your life experiences on tape simply by answering questions that will lead you, step by step, through the precious moments of your life. When finished, you will have completed the oral history of your life and times--a treasure for yourself and a gift of love for your family and its future generations.
Part Number: BZWRITEFH

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You don't have to be a writer to chronicle your ancestors' lives. InYou Can Write Your Family History, popular author and speaker Sharon DeBartolo Carmack explains exactly what it takes to create a compelling, highly readable, and entirely true story, whether you decide to write a biography, family history narrative, or memoir.
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This detailed guide to genealogical sources and resources in West Virginia covers what records to look for, what is available, and where it can be found.
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This handbook on Welsh genealogy deals primarily with those aspects of family history research that are unique to Wales. Originally published by the Association of Family History Societies of Wales, it is considered the best book ever written on Welsh genealogy. It is certainly a very comprehensive handbook, with over twenty chapters treating the essential elements of Welsh genealogy. Each of the chapters is written by a specialist and is designed to guide the reader through the pitfalls and challenges of Welsh family history research. Chapters include: Archives in Wales, Family History Societies of Wales, Parish Registers, Civil Registration and the Census, Nonconformity, Surnames of Wales, Place Names, Basic Welsh for Family Historians, the IGI for Wales, Estate Records, Maritime Records, Wills, Education, and Parochial Records, Court Records, and Manuscript and Printed Pedigrees.

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This is an encyclopedic listing of Virginia sources and resources for the genealogist. Ms. McGinnis devotes entire chapters to such subjects as Virginia land, people, and history; immigration and migration; vital records; Bible and church records; census records; land and court records; manuscripts and records abroad; ethnic Virginia; slavery and African-Americans; counties and their records; independent cities and their records; genealogical collections; and genealogical societies. Several sections of the book are based upon answers to questionnaires which the author sent to Virginia courthouses and historical and genealogical societies. The bibliography alone runs to 125 pages and contains references to 1,421 books and articles on all aspects of Virginia genealogy. By any measurement, this is a real giant of a book--and the standard by which all future textbooks on Virginia genealogy will be measured.

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How many of your great-grandparents can you name?
If you begin your family history research with this question, you can start getting answers today with this bestselling book by Emily Croom.

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In genealogical research it is all very well to locate original records, but to read them correctly is another matter altogether. Few people know this better than Harriet Stryker-Rodda who, after years of experience searching through colonial records, has developed a simple technique for reading colonial handwriting. In this handy little book, Mrs. Stryker-Rodda presents examples of colonial letter forms and script, showing the letter forms in the process of development and marking the ways in which they differ from later letter forms. She also provides a comparison of English and American handwriting and examples of name forms and signatures all to bear out her central thesis, that the reader must find meaning in a group of symbols without needing to see each letter of which the whole is composed. This excellent guidebook is indispensable in dealing with the problems of reading and interpretation.

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Revised and updated by Leslie Hodgson, this 3rd edition of Kathleen Cory'sTracing Your Scottish Ancestryis the most informative guide to Scottish ancestry ever to come on the market. Packed with information and advice on basic research techniques, it focuses on the holdings of the two principal Scottish record repositories-New Register House and the National Archives of Scotland (formerly the Scottish Record Office). With records of births, marriages, and deaths, census returns, and Old Parish Registers found at the first-named location, and wills, testaments, deeds, and church records at the other, the author leads you on a thorough search of genealogical sources.

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Geraldine Lane has drawn on her experience as a family history researcher in Barbados to compile this unique, comprehensive guide to Barbados genealogy. Family records held in Barbados (a British colony from 1637 to 1966) are excellent but are not always easy to locate or understand. But no matter the level of difficulty,Tracing Ancestors in Barbadoswill guide both novice and experienced researchers through the many types of records and published sources that document the lives of the people of Barbados.

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Stories about Indian ancestors in the family tree are common among both black and white families whose roots go deep into the American Southeast, especially those with links to the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole (the Five Civilized Tribes). If the accounts of family elders can be believed, those ancestors lived in the not-too-distant past. Yet despite the strength of family convictions--and the prized portraits of forebears whose features suggest Indian heritage--most researchers who pursue these traditions feel they are chasing a phantom.

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This is the story of the great exodus of the Huguenots from France at the end of the seventeenth century, and of their dispersal to places in Europe, the United States, Canada, and South Africa. It traces their migrations through Europe and across the Atlantic to Canada and the United States, providing startling insights into the origins of many of our earliest colonial settlers. Over half of the book is devoted to the Huguenots and their direct descendants in Canada and the United States, dealing with those who settled in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and New England. An Appendix has the names of hundreds of Huguenot immigrants with dates and places of their arrival; there are short biographical sketches with genealogical data, a list of English surnames of French derivation, additions and corrections by Milton Rubincam, and an index of names and places other than those mentioned in the genealogies and appendices.

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What do you do when you hit the proverbial brick wall? Try gleaning advice from literary sleuths like Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, and Hercule Poirot. That's what expert genealogist Emily Croom helps you do inThe Sleuth Book for Genealogists, which blends literary methods of deduction with genealogical expertise.

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About 150,000 Scots emigrated to America before the Revolutionary War, but the records on them are notoriously hard to find. However, it has been clear for some time that in archives in Scotland and England there is much information on a number of these emigrants.

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This is the definitive one-volume guide to the Indian tribes of North America, and it covers all groupings such as nations, confederations, tribes, subtribes, clans, and bands. It is a vast and impressive digest of all Indian groups and their historical locations throughout the continent. Formatted as a dictionary, or gazetteer, and organized by state, it includes all known tribal groupings within the state and the many villages where they were located.
Part Number: BZWOMNGEN

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By law and by custom, women's individual identities have been subsumed by those of their husbands. For centuries women were not allowed to own real estate in their own name, sign a deed, devise a will, or enter into contracts, and even their citizenship and their position as head of household have been in doubt. Finding women in traditional genealogical record sources, therefore, presents the researcher with a unique challenge, for census records, wills, land records, pension records--the conventional sources of genealogical identification--all have to be viewed in a different perspective if we are to establish the genealogical identity of our female ancestors.

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World War I has passed from living memory into the history books, receding far enough into the distance to provide a genealogical challenge. In order to reconstruct the lives and locate the records of those who served, fought, volunteered, or were conscripted, we must rely on a vast but relatively unknown body of resources. Counting all combatants, the number of men who served in the Great War runs into the millions; needless to say, finding records on them in the two dozen countries that participated in the war is a daunting and laborious task--now made infinitely simpler with the publication of this magnificent guide to WWI service records. The only book of its kind, this ambitious effort to catalogue service records and related sources is international in scope, covering the soldiers of all countries participating in the war, from Britain, Germany, and France, to Russia, Canada, and the U.S.; and from India, Australia, and Japan, to South Africa and Brazil! This is a key to a motherlode of genealogical data and should grow in value as our need for WWI-era information increases. Right now it represents a whole new path in genealogical research, with fresh possibilities and discoveries at every turn.

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The Genealogist's Address Bookis the answer to the perennial question, "What's out there in the world of genealogy?" What organizations, institutions, special resources, and websites can help me? Where do I write or phone or send e-mail? Once again, Elizabeth Bentley's Address Book answers these questions and more.
Part Number: BZVIR17YRS

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The First Seventeen Yearsis the story of the Virginia colony during the tenure of the Virginia Company of London. In the first half of the book, the author follows the key events leading to the settlement and survival of the Virginia colony from 1607 to 1624, such as the founding of Jamestown, overcoming the difficulties of supply, the introduction of tobacco cultivation by John Rolfe, etc. The second half of the book pinpoints the spread of population in short essays about the founders and founding of some fifty early 17th-century settlements. Richly illustrated and featuring a map of the region and a helpful bibliography, this is one booklet that genealogists and Virginiaphiles alike will cherish.

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This is the eighth edition of the standard work on the Highland clans, the most accurate account of Scottish clans, tartans, and fighting regiments ever published. This particular edition features an alphabetical list of Scottish family names arranged according to the clans with which they were associated.
Part Number: BZCENTER

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It is not generally recognized, but Washington, D.C. is home to the largest body of accessible research materials in the world, larger even than the vast body of materials at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It is the central repository of the nation's primary source records and the very center of genealogical activity.

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Tax lists are one of our most valuable, if often neglected, sources of genealogical information. Tax lists can refer to personal property tax lists, tithables, poll lists, land tax lists, and rent rolls. They usually divulge the names of heads of households and other males aged 16 or over, as well as valuations of slaves, cattle, horses, other types of personal property, land taxes, and notes of interest. They can be used not only to trace a family's migration and its taxable property, but also to prove parentage when no other records are available. Tax lists place individuals in a particular place at a particular time and indicate the amount and type of property owned. They may also indicate the relationship of individuals in a household and their approximate ages.

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State censuses rank with federal censuses as a major genealogical resource, but, because they were taken randomly, remain a much under-utilized resource in American genealogy. State censuses not only stand as substitutes for some of the missing 1790, 1800, 1810, and 1890 censuses (as well as many county and statewide enumerations lost or destroyed between 1790 and 1890) but also as valuable population enumerations in their own right. Many state censuses, for example, asked different questions than the federal census, so they record information that cannot be found elsewhere in federal schedules.
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