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Genealogy at a Glance: African American Genealogy Research, by Michael HaitGenealogy at a Glance: African American Genealogy Research, by Michael Hait. 8.5x11", 4 page laminated card. Nothing will get you going faster in African American genealogical research than this "Genealogy at a Glance" publication. In just four pages, Michael Hait, author of the popular CD The Family History Research Toolkit, lays out the basic elements of African American research, boiling the subject down to its essence and allowing you to grasp the fundamentals of African American research at a glance. Hait explains that there are three imperatives in African American genealogical research: (1) you must begin with interviews of family members; (2) you must check records of birth, marriage, and death; and (3) you must check federal census records, especially the crucial 1870 census, which was the first census to include information on former slaves. Beyond this he offers step-by-step guidance on finding and using other records that are crucial in African American research, such as Freedmen’s Bureau records, Freedman’s Bank records, records of the Southern Claims Commission, and voter registration lists. In addition, before ending with a helpful list of websites focusing specifically on African American genealogy, he offers tips and guidance on researching slave ancestors. In keeping with the "Genealogy at a Glance" theme, the four specially laminated pages of this work are designed to provide as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll ever need. No research tool in genealogy is as effortless and as convenient. AD2464-$9.00

Genealogy at a Glance: American Cemetery Research, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack. 8.5x11", 4 page laminated card. Cemeteries are not just hallowed and mysterious places, they are also repositories of genealogical knowledge, their tombstones providing crucial information ranging from the name of the deceased and his birth and death dates to a bonanza of biographical detail that often includes the names of parents, children, and spouse. But tombstones are more like artifacts than documents, and they require a different approach and give rise to different expectations. In its now familiar format, this new "Genealogy at a Glance" publication addresses these grave issues, expertly covering the unique aspects of cemetery research in four specially laminated pages. First--and here’s the most unusual aspect of this genealogical research assignment--you need to locate your ancestor’s final resting place. The date of death and place of death are important clues, but there’s much more to it than that, as you’ll find out. Once you are familiar with the various methods of tracking down a likely cemetery, you will be guided through the different types of cemeteries, and how their records and maps of plots can make a difference in your research. The rest of this guide describes how to take a field trip to the cemetery to find the tombstone; transcribe the inscription; take a photograph; note the stone’s location, composition, and artwork; and, finally, note the names on the tombstones located near your ancestor for clues to relationships. But practical considerations trump everything, and you are advised to wear protective clothing and boots, told how to take better photographs with a mirror, and taught how to make tombstone rubbings with a jumbo crayon. After all this fun you might want to consult some of the reference books mentioned here, or you might want to visit the Databases of the Dead, Ms. Carmack’s list of online cemetery transcription projects. Finally, you might be lucky enough to find the living among the dead. Check out American Cemetery Research and find out how. AD2475-$9.00

Genealogy at a Glance: Cherokee Genealogy Research, by Myra Vanderpool GormleyGenealogy at a Glance: Cherokee Genealogy Research, by Myra Vanderpool Gormley. 8.5x11", 4 page laminated card. Designed to cover the basic elements of research in just four pages, Myra Gormley’s Cherokee Genealogy Research attempts to give you as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll ever need. In less than a handful of pages, it provides an overview of the facts you need to know in order to begin and proceed successfully with your research: it covers Cherokee history, surnames, migrations, and basic genealogical resources, describing original documents as well as the latest online resources. AD2458-$9.00

Genealogy at a Glance: English Genealogy Research, by Paul Milner. 8.5x11", 4 page laminated card. Looking out over several centuries this research guide provides a broad outline of English genealogy—from ancient manuscript sources to modern digital records. With a few deft strokes it gives a quick overview of the facts you need to know to proceed with your English research. In less than a handful of pages (specially laminated for heavy use), it gives you as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll ever need. And it is so concise it can be read in just a few moments—virtually at a glance! Given the abundance of information that is available, Milner’s English Genealogy Research takes a practical approach to the subject, focusing on the basic record sources underlying all English research, namely (1) civil registration, (2) parish registers, (3) diocesan records, (4) probate records, and (5) census records. These elements form the backbone of any research project, and within this framework the Milner work emphasizes particularly the key records of birth, marriage, and death and how to find them, discusses records of wills and administrations dating back to the 1300s and their location, and examines census returns from 1841, explaining their usefulness and where they can be found. But it also provides guidance to the best printed sources in the field as well as references to the principal genealogy databases. In addition, it gives timely reminders and clues for further research, and to help you to gain access to the records, it provides the web addresses of all the most important record repositories and institutions in the field of English genealogy, as well as a helpful list of other online sources, including commercial websites and free websites. No research tool in English genealogy is as effortless and convenient to use. AD2452-$9.00

Genealogy at a Glance: French Genealogy Research, by Claire BettagGenealogy at a Glance: French Genealogy Research, by Claire Bettag. 8.5x11", 4 page laminated card. We start with a couple of interesting facts: 8.3 million Americans (3% of the total population) claimed French ancestry in the 2000 U.S. census, and 2.4 million Americans (0.9% of the population) claimed French-Canadian ancestry. Thus, with over 10 million Americans of French origin, this research guide was almost inevitable, and in true Genealogy at a Glance fashion, it lays out the basic elements of French research in just four pages, boiling the subject down to its essence and allowing you to grasp the fundamentals of French genealogical research at a glance. Consisting of Huguenots, Acadian refugees, and political exiles, the French contingent in America has always been viewed as a distinct element in the population, concentrated for the most part in Louisiana, New England, and the Midwest. Connecting these individuals to France and tracing them back through the earliest records, is the particular challenge of this research guide. French research, we learn, starts with the vital records of birth, marriage, and death. These records fall into two categories: parish registers before 1792 and civil registrations after 1792. Because most records used initially in French research were created at the town level, identifying an ancestor’s town of origin is critical. Once determined (with tips given here to make it easier), research is generally conducted in the rich collections of departmental archives, including notarial records and censuses that are gradually being digitized and placed online. Municipal archives and libraries are rapidly digitizing their records as well, and the final section of this paper concludes with a list of helpful websites. The four specially laminated pages of this work are designed to provide as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll ever need. No research tool in French genealogy is as effortless and as convenient. AD2457-$9.00

Genealogy at a Glance: French-Canadian Genealogy Research, by Denise R. LarsonGenealogy at a Glance: French-Canadian Genealogy Research, by Denise R. Larson. 8.5x11", 4 page laminated card. French-Canadian genealogical research has never been so easy. In just four pages, Denise R. Larson, author of the best-selling Companions of Champlain: Founding Families of Quebec, 1608-1635, lays out the basic elements of French-Canadian research, boiling the subject down to its essence and allowing you to grasp the fundamentals of French-Canadian research at a glance. AD2459-$9.00

Genealogy at a Glance: German Genealogy Research, by Ernest ThodeGenealogy at a Glance: German Genealogy Research, by Ernest Thode. 8.5x11", 4 page laminated card. As surprising as it sounds, you can learn the basic steps in German genealogy in just a few moments. That's all it takes to read Genealogy at a Glance, which is designed to cover the basic elements of German genealogical research in just four pages, giving you as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll probably ever need. Written by German genealogy expert Ernest Thode, it can be read at a glance and used with total confidence. It is said that more Americans are of German origin than any other nationality, yet Germany wasn’t created as a sovereign state until 1871. Germanic origins are therefore quite diffuse, covering most of the German-speaking regions of central Europe, including Austria, Switzerland, portions of Belgium, Denmark, Poland, and parts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Genealogical research into German origins is thus understandably complex, and the wonder of Mr. Thode's work is that it covers so much ground so quickly. Thode's German Genealogy Research guides the researcher through German records with maximum efficiency, then brings him to the American side of the story with an outline of German emigration patterns and a pinpoint guide to the massive body of German-American records most in use today. Starting with the first German settlers in 1683, then working through the various emigration waves all the way up to the farmers and small tradesmen from southwestern and central Germany who came to America in chain migrations in the mid-nineteenth century, and German speakers who came from outside Germany in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Thode's German Genealogy Research provides all the basic instruction you need, focusing on key record sources and materials for further reference and finishing with a listing of major online sources. With information on ships' passenger lists, surnames and given names, places of origin, and vital records, as well as citations to the best books and online sources, you’ll have the key elements of a research strategy right at your fingertips. AD2454-$9.00

Genealogy at a Glance: Immigration Research, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, CGGenealogy at a Glance: Immigration Research, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, CG. 8.5x11", 4 page laminated card. Carmack's guide to immigration research deals with a titanic subject, reduced to its basic elements so you can grasp the fundamentals of immigration research at a glance. In a just a few moments of reading it guides you through the record sources that are the touchstones of immigration research, from passenger lists to naturalization records. Altogether, in less than a handful of pages, it provides an overview of the records that document the most determined and sustained migration the world has ever known. In keeping with the "Genealogy at a Glance" theme, the four specially laminated pages of this work are designed to provide as much useful information in the space allotted as you'll ever need. Beginning with a discussion of the background of early immigration, the guide focuses on the importance of determining your ancestor's time of arrival and port of entry, then goes on to describe the vast body of passenger arrival records deposited originally at the various ports of entry, explaining the numerous details recorded for each passenger, where the records can be found, and how they can be accessed. Where books can be used effectively as a means of access to the records--indexes and passenger lists, for example--they are noted both in the text and in brief citations for further reference. Accessing the passenger arrival lists online, of course, is of growing importance, and the guide describes the principal databases available by subscription and for free. Most immigrants eventually became naturalized citizens. In the process another huge body of records was created, maintained to this day in various courthouses and town halls, and, for records after 1906, maintained by the agency with current jurisdiction, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In the two-step procedure--declaration of intention (first papers) and naturalization petition (second or final papers)--a gold mine of personal information was recorded (applicant’s name, country of birth, date of application, date and port of arrival, occupation, residence, age, birthplace, and date of birth), equal in varying degrees to the later ships' passenger lists. Clues to finding these records are, of course, provided, along with citations to the best books and online sources, all of which can be read at a glance and used with total confidence. AD2451-$9.00

Genealogy at a Glance: Irish Genealogy Research, by Brian MitchellGenealogy at a Glance: Irish Genealogy Research, by Brian Mitchell. 8.5x11", 4 page laminated card. Designed to cover the basic elements of genealogical research in just four pages, the "Genealogy at a Glance" series gives you as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll probably ever need. Compiled by respected authorities, each "Genealogy at a Glance" piece is a four-page distillation of the key ingredients in a given area of genealogical research. Each can be read at a glance and used with total confidence. So what does it do? In just four pages (which are specially laminated for heavy use) it provides an overview of the basic facts you need to know in order to begin and to proceed successfully with your research. It boils the subject down to its essence and allows you to grasp the basics of research at a glance! Literally at a glance. AD2460-$9.00

Genealogy at a Glance: Italian Genealogy Research, by Sharon Debartolo CarmackGenealogy at a Glance: Italian Genealogy Research, by Sharon Debartolo Carmack. 8.5x11", 4 page laminated card. Any guide that explains how to identify your ancestor’s place of origin on the basis of local food and city neighborhoods is to be savored, and a guide that demonstrates the importance of naming patterns and marriage customs is also to be valued. These are clues that can be put together quickly and will support what you later learn from records of immigration, naturalization, and the census, enabling you to bring the American side of your research to a quick boil before plunging into Italian research, where it is necessary to know the town of origin. AD2461-$9.00

Genealogy at a Glance: Pennsylvania Genealogy Research, by John T. Humphrey. 8.5x11", 4 page laminated card. Written by veteran genealogist John Humphrey, this Genealogy at a Glance publication provides an overview of topics that are essential to Pennsylvania genealogy, from settlement background and record sources to Internet sites and libraries. In just four pages of text--specially laminated for heavy use--Mr. Humphrey manages to encapsulate 300 years of Pennsylvania genealogy by striking all the right notes, building on his formidable experience as an expert on family history in the Keystone State. This is no small feat since there are several things about Pennsylvania genealogy that are radically different from other states. First, with respect to religion and ethnicity, Pennsylvania was the most diverse colony in British North America; second, in 1790 it was the most populous state in the country; and third, it was the second most populous state in the United States for more than a century--all of which bring an unexpected level of difficulty to the task. But this is the very thing the Genealogy at a Glance series was designed for--to bring a large subject down to size, distilling key ingredients so the subject can be understood at a glance; in effect, boiling it down to its essence to make it manageable. Essentially, Genealogy at a Glance provides all the basic instruction you need, focusing on key record sources and materials for further reference and finishing with a summing up of the best record repositories and websites. For Pennsylvania genealogy, in particular, these may be the best four pages you’ll ever use. AD2453-$9.00

Genealogy at a Glance: Revolutionary War Genealogy Research, by Craig R. Scott, CGGenealogy at a Glance: Revolutionary War Genealogy Research, by Craig R. Scott, CG. 8.5x11", 4 page laminated card. Tracing descent from a Revolutionary War ancestor is a lofty goal, and this "Genealogy at a Glance" publication will give a much-needed kick-start to your research, setting you on the correct course by guiding you through all the major record sources and online resources you’re likely to need in establishing Revolutionary War ancestry. Designed to cover the basic elements of genealogical research in just four pages, the "Genealogy at a Glance" series attempts to give you as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll ever need. In less than a handful of pages (specially laminated for heavy use), it provides an overview of the facts you need to know in order to begin and proceed successfully with your research. It boils the subject down to its essence and allows you to grasp the basics of research at a glance! In this instance, Revolutionary War expert Craig Scott provides step-by-step guidance to the standard Revolutionary War sources such as pension records, compiled service records, and records of lineage societies, explaining how they can be used and where they can be found. And he brings you quickly up to speed on the important records of the militia, state troops, and Continental troops, including muster rolls, pay rolls, bounty land records, and settled accounts. In addition, Scott provides crucial information about National Archives microfilm records, citations to the standard works on Revolutionary War genealogy, and references to all major online resources—all of which will be invaluable in helping you find your Revolutionary ancestor. AD2456-$9.00

Genealogy at a Glance: Scottish Genealogy Research, by David DobsonGenealogy at a Glance: Scottish Genealogy Research, by David Dobson. 8.5x11", 4 page laminated card. Designed to cover the basic elements of genealogical research in just four pages, the "Genealogy at a Glance" series attempts to give you as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll ever need. In less than a handful of pages (specially laminated for heavy use) it provides an overview of the facts you need to know in order to begin and proceed successfully with your research, allowing you to grasp the basics of research at a glance. AD2462-$9.00

Genealogy at a Glance: Virginia Genealogy Research, by Carol McGinnisGenealogy at a Glance: Virginia Genealogy Research, by Carol McGinnis. 8.5x11", 4 page laminated card. Virginia was the first as well as the largest of the original 13 colonies, and its inhabitants left an abundance of genealogical records. As anyone knows who has ever attempted Virginia research, the challenge is to reduce this body of records to manageable proportions, a feat skillfully handled here by Virginia expert Carol McGinnis, author of the highly respected book Virginia Genealogy: Sources & Resources. Published in the now familiar laminated folder, this guide is designed to cover the basic elements of Virginia research in just four pages, giving you as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll ever need. It boils the subject down to its essence and allows you to grasp the basics of research at a glance, guiding you with confidence through this complex body of records to your ultimate goal of tracing your ancestry. McGinnis starts with a description of the settlement of Tidewater Virginia and the movement west to the Blue Ridge Mountains and into the Valley of Virginia, and from there into surrounding counties and states from where tens of thousands of Americans trace their ancestry back to Virginia. Pinpointing the origins of the early settlers, she reveals a key fact--that many of the records of interest to genealogists are kept at the county level; and using this as an organizing principle, she discusses the background, the location, and the use of the most critical records: vital records, church records, cemetery records, land records, probate records, and military records. Then, after an illuminating passage on census records, she gives us an overview of supplementary sources: Bible records and family histories, periodicals and indexes, record repositories and online resources. Along the way she seeds the text with research tips and references to key publications, providing overall the best four pages you’ll ever read on Virginia genealogy. AD2455-$9.00

Genealogy at a Glance: U.S. Federal Census Records, by Kory L. MeyerinkGenealogy at a Glance: U.S. Federal Census Records, by Kory L. Meyerink. 8.5x11", 4 page laminated card. Federal censuses have been taken every ten years since 1790. They are the best known and most commonly used of all genealogical records and have the unique ability to identify virtually anyone born in the last 250 years. Because they are so extensive, the careful researcher should be able to find almost every individual and family being sought. But where are these records located? How do you access them and how do you use them? Moreover, with such a wealth of information as name, age, sex, birthplace, and family relationships, what are their limitations? These questions and more are answered by professional genealogist Kory Meyerink in this addition to our popular Genealogy at a Glance series. Today, most census research is conducted online, with census images and indexes available from both subscription-based and non-subscription-based websites. Not all websites have a complete collection of census records, of course, and Meyerink identifies the censuses that are available from each website and the nature of the indexes, which are usually linked to the online image of the census page where the individual appears. (All censuses older than 72 years have been indexed, and the recently released 1940 census is in process of being indexed.) As part of the ongoing Genealogy at a Glance series, this four-page laminated folder also provides 1) tips for research, 2) a list of the best books for further reference, 3) instructions for online research, 4) a bulleted list of census search strategies, and 5) and a description of the major online resources for census research. In keeping with the rest of this distinguished series, this work provides an encyclopedia’s-worth of information in a thimble’s-worth of pages. AD2463-$9.00

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