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Unpuzzling your past : the best-selling basic guide to genealogy
Croom, Emily Anne
Adult Nonfiction CS47 .C76 2001

Comments  Summary  Contents  Author Notes

Forewordp. 1
1 - In the Beginningp. 3
Can You Name Your Great-Grandparents?
Ancestors and Generations
Why the Jigsaw Puzzle?
Organize Early and Often
Choose a Focus Ancestor
Taking Notes
Things to Do Now
2 - Charting Your Coursep. 10
Five-Generation Chart
Family Group Sheet
Chronological Profile
Things to Do Now
3 - Strategies for Winning in Genealogyp. 23
1. - Be Systematic
2. - Be Resourceful
3. - Be Thorough
4. - Be A Cluster Genealogist
5. - Be Considerate
6. - Be a Cautious Detective
7. - Be Passionate About Accuracy
8. - Be Smart: Document Your Facts
Things to Do Now
4 - What's in a Name?p. 35
Spelling Variations
Anglicized, Translated, and Changed Names
Clues in Names
Nicknames and Abbreviations
Fads and Eras
Cautions for Genealogists
Things to Do Now
5 - Begin Solving the Puzzle With Interviewsp. 45
At Any Beginning
Interviewing for Vital Information
Conducting and Taping an Interview
Things to Do Now
6 - Hand-Me-Downs: Family Traditionsp. 55
Oral Tradition in Family History
Customs As Traditions
Things to Do Now
7 - Life History: Beginning to Endp. 60
Collecting Family Stories
Interview Questions: Childhood
Interview Questions: Teen Years
Interview Questions: Adulthood
What Were They Like?
Family Medical History
Things to Do Now
8 - History as the Family Lived Itp. 68
Family Life in Any Generation After 1900
The Great Depression and the 1930s
World War II and the 1940s
1950s and 1960s
1970s and After
Things to Do Now
9 - Family Sources and Beyondp. 76
Checklist of Family Sources
"Spice" From Family Sources
Choosing a Research Focus and Making a Plan
Things to Do Now
10 - Beyond the Family: Federal Census Recordsp. 91
Understanding the Census
Reading Census Records Effectively
Supplemental Schedules
Challenges of Census Reading
Census Check Form
Things to Do Now
11 - Beyond the Family: County and State Sourcesp. 108
County Courthouses
Marriage Records
Wills and Probate Records
Deeds and Property Records
Other Courthouse Records
Checklist of State Sources
Things to Do Now
12 - Beyond the Family: Local Sourcesp. 128
Local Schools and Colleges
Local Churches and Religious Organizations
Local Historians and Elders of the Community
Local Libraries
Other Local Sources
Checklist of Local Sources
Research Tips
Interlibrary Loan
Things to Do Now
13 - Beyond the Family: Additional Federal Sourcesp. 146
The National Archives
Military Records
Federal Land Records
Immigration and Naturalization Records
Native American Records
African-American Research
Other Federal Sources
Things to Do Now
14 - Where Do I Look for That?p. 172
Birth, Death, and Age Information
Marriage Date and/or Place
Names of Family Members
Mother's Maiden Name
Ancestors on the Move
Political Affiliation
Housing or Living Conditions
Country of Origin
Things to Do Now
15 - What's in a Date?p. 189
Writing Dates
Reading Dates
Old Style and New Style Dates
What Day of the Week?
Using Dates
Things to Do Now
16 - Read It Right: Handwriting of the Pastp. 196
Quirks in Style
The Older Style
In Documents
Things to Do Now
17 - Fitting the Pieces Together: A Case Studyp. 206
The First Generation: Ella Lee
The Second Generation: Cordelia
Challenge: Cordelia's Birth Date and Birthplace
Things to Do Now
18 - Sharing Your Family Historyp. 227
Writing a Family History
Family History Collection
Things to Do Now
Appendix A - Glossary and Relationship Chartp. 231
Appendix B - National Archives and Regional Branchesp. 240
Appendix C - Federal Census, 1790-1930p. 243
Which Census Reports...?
First Federal Census Available for Each State
Appendix D - Blank Formsp. 246
Five-Generation Chart
Alphabetical Ancestors
Family Group Sheet
Census Check Form
Census Forms 1790-1930
Bibliographyp. 270
Bibliographies in the Text
Cited or Selected Works for Further Reference
Indexp. 273

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