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The Researcher's Guide To American Genealogy

by Val D. Greenwood

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From Library Journal
Ten years after the release of the second edition (LJ 4/1/90), Greenwood returns with his updated and expanded guide to American genealogical research. Written in a friendly style, the book addresses aspects of the field that often challenge even the experienced researcher. Part 1's "Background to Research" discusses terminology, spelling and handwriting, evidence and standards of proof, libraries and reference materials, organizing and evaluating findings, and computers in genealogy (expanded from the second edition) and family history. Part 2's "Records and Their Use" covers compiled sources and newspapers, vital records, census returns, probate records and legal terminology, government and local land records, court records, women's property rights (a new chapter), church records, immigration records, military records, and cemetery and burial records. Copious record examples throughout the book highlight what types of information to look for and possible problems in usage. Unfortunately, this new version still lists outdated periodicals and bibliographies carried over from the previous edition. Many of the addresses listed for the selected periodical titles are incorrect; some titles, such as The Colonial Genealogist and Maryland and Delaware Genealogist, have ceased publication. A few titles have been added to the bibliographies, yet several other listed sources have grown in size or changed in format since the last edition and are not described as such. Still, Greenwood's book remains a valuable guide to the field of genealogy and is highly recommended for research libraries and public libraries with genealogical interest.
-Elaine M. Kuhn, Allen Cty. P.L., Fort Wayne
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In every field of study there is one book that rises above the rest in stature and authority and becomes the standard work in the field. In genealogy that book is Val Greenwood's Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. Arguably the best book ever written on American genealogy, it is the text of choice in colleges and universities or wherever courses in American genealogy are taught. Of the dozens of textbooks, manuals, and how-to books that have appeared over the past twenty-five years, it is the one book that is consistently praised for setting a standard of excellence. In a word, The Researcher's Guide has become a classic. While it instructs the researcher in the timeless principles of genealogical research, it also identifies the various classes of records employed in that research, groups them in convenient tables and charts, gives their location, explains their uses, and evaluates each of them in the context of the research process. Designed to answer practically all the researcher's needs, it is both a textbook and an all-purpose reference book. And it is this singular combination that makes The Researcher's Guide the book of choice in any genealogical investigation. It is also the reason why if you can afford to buy only one book on American genealogy in a lifetime, this has to be it. This new 3rd edition incorporates the latest thinking on genealogy and computers, specifically the relationship between computer technology (the Internet and CD-ROM) and the timeless principles of good genealogical research. It also includes a new chapter on the property rights of women, a revised chapter on the evaluation of genealogical evidence, and updated information on the 1920 census. Little else has changed, or needs to be changed, because the basics of genealogy remain timeless and immutable. This 3rd edition of The Researcher's Guide, then, is a clear, comprehensive, and up-to-date account of the methods and aims of American genealogy--an essential text for the present generation of researchers--and no sound genealogical project is complete without it.



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