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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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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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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.
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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This book is designed to teach you how to read and understand the handwriting found in documents commonly used in genealogical research. It explains techniques for reading early American documents, provides samples of alphabets and letter forms, and defines terms and abbreviations commonly used in early American documents such as wills, deeds, and church records. Furthermore, it presents numerous examples of early American records for the reader to work with, for it is the author's contention that by studying and transcribing each of these documents--letter-by-letter, word-by-word--readers will become proficient in reading and understanding early American handwriting.
Part Number: BZPROFGEN

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Professional Genealogyis a manual by professionals for everyone serious about genealogy. For family historians who want to do their own study, reliably, it describes the standards. For hobbyists, attorneys, and medical scientists who seek professional researchers, it's a consumer guide that defines quality and facilitates choices. For librarians who struggle to help a whole new class of patrons, it provides a bridge to the methods, sources, and minutiae of "history, up-close and personal." For established genealogical professionals, it offers benchmarks by which they can advance their skills and places their businesses on sounder footing. And for all those who dream of turning a fascinating hobby into a successful career,Professional Genealogydetails the preparation and the processes.

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Paper Treesis a unique collection of hand-drawn family trees and charts which you can fill in and color by yourself. All of these beautiful designs are original, and they are available as clip-art for use as cards, announcements, book covers, section dividers, reunion T-shirts and mugs, newsletter designs, research aids, or for any of a thousand other things.

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This work focuses on a particular method of organizing research materials. Its unique system of organization takes you from the preliminary stage of your research to the final presentation of your work as a report or a book. The system, an outgrowth of the Dollarhide System of Genealogical Records, enables you to manage a genealogical project with maximum ease and efficiency.

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Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINEis so basic that it brings the world of Internet genealogy into instant focus. Designed as a beginner's guide, its 64 pages pack more clout than any 64 pages ever written on the subject of online genealogy. If you ever wanted to trace your family tree online, this book will help you do it. The object of the book is to reduce the process of genealogical research to its most basic elements, enabling the raw beginner to be brought up to speed in no more time than it takes him to read a handful of pages. At the same time, it is a handy resource for the more experienced genealogist, providing in one convenient place the names and web addresses of all essential record repositories.

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Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies on the Internet. Genealogists love to share information about their families, and the very nature of the Internet fosters this practice. Probably because there is so much free information on the Web, many individuals have formed the false conclusion that "if it is on the Internet, anyone has a right to use the information as he/she sees fit." Despite the best of intentions, therefore, people will occasionally post content on a website or transmit it by e-mail without proper permission to do so.

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A Genealogist's Refresher Courseis less a how-to book than a collection of first-hand experiences, do's and don'ts, and privileged information. The author emphasized the importance of verifying our findings against the original (primary) sources, and not relying on secondary, or published, accounts as the foundation for our genealogies. One of the most valuable chapters in the book contains a list of nearly 100 different kinds of sources of genealogical information, including anniversary announcements, bank statements, business licenses, memorial cards, health records, medals, newspaper clippings, subpoenas, and many other record categories that genealogists may fail to consult. Still other chapters discuss how to acquire rare or used books and when and how to hire a professional genealogist. In a word, this is a unique genealogy refresher course! The second edition, besides incorporating corrections to the original work, features one new chapter on the records of lineage, hereditary, and other special organizations and a second on how to find used books crucial to your research.

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Unlike a textbook or how-to book, which genealogists should consult prior to venturing upon a research trip,A Field Guide for Genealogists, by Judy Jacobson, is the perfect book to take with you once you have embarked. Consider the following scenarios: (1) You're doing research in a courthouse when you come across a term in a will that you don't understand; (2) You run across an old photograph of people who are supposed to be your ancestors, but you just can't place the subjects of the photo; (3) You find your great-great-great-grandmother's death certificate only to learn that she died from a disease you'd never heard of. The latest title from the prolific Mrs. Jacobson is designed to remove not only the foregoing stumbling blocks but also to answer thousands of other practical questions which quite naturally arise during the course of research.
Part Number: B_GENPROO2

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These standards apply to all genealogical research, whether shared privately or published. They also apply to personal research for clients, courts, and other employers. The standards address documentation; research planning and execution, including reasoning from evidence; compiling research results; genealogical education; and ongoing development of genealogical knowledge and skills.
Part Number: B_DIGGING_

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Digging Deeper is more than a reference book for genealogists, family historians, and reference librarians. It is an instruction manual for any family historian. Using Internet and computerized databases as a jumping-off point, you can find jewels of evidence in other less-commonly used records--those valued for the secrets they reveal about long-forgotten families. 352 pages | Published 2011 | PDF (download-only) edition | 8.5" x 11" | Full color
Part Number: EV3

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Evidence Explained is the definitive guide to the citation and analysis of historical sources, and the perfect companion to Legacy Family Tree's SourceWriter™. Evidence Explained features over 1,000 citation models, including how to cite digital media: websites, digital books, DVDs, CDs, podcasts and more. Hard copy, 885 pages, published 2012, revised edition.
Part Number: CCB

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A step-by-step, colorfully-illustrated, easy-to-understand guidebook featuring 3-easy-steps to trace your family roots and stories. Walks you through the fascinating family history journey hand-in-hand! It couldn't be easier!
Part Number: B_WHO

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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 journey to trace their family history and discover who they really are. The revelations are sometimes shocking, sometimes heartbreaking, and always fascinating. With the Who Do You Think You Are? companion guide, you will learn how to chart your own journey into your past and discover the treasures hidden in your family tree. Featuring step-by-step instructions from Megan Smolenyak, one of America's top genealogical researchers, Who Do You Think You Are? covers everything a beginner needs to know to start digging into their roots. 224 pages.
Part Number: B_TOOLB_DL_

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Cutting-Edge Tools and Gadgets to Make Your Family History Research Easier, Faster, and More Fun
This is a simplified, fully-illustrated, easy-to-read eBook to learn about all of the latest new tools and gadgets for family history - and how they can help you plant, nourish, and grow your family tree, and connect to your ancestors. 140 pages | Published Feb 2012 | PDF edition