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Practical Genealogy Research Resource

Uncover the facts and mysteries of your ancestors with this clear approach to genealogy.  Practical Genealogy provides a method for investigating your family history by establishing an understanding of genealogy and the factors, tasks, and obstacles involved in the research. The end goal: find the information necessary to piece together the names, marriage records, passenger ship logs, timelines and other vital records that make up your heritage. Follow 50 steps that will fill in the puzzle of your lineage. Learn how to perform your own investigation through the lens of real-world obstacles like tracing ancestry through adoptions and orphanages. The complex research process is simplified into actionable tips that can be conducted over a period of time. Tips for negotiating common "brick wall" issues like missing chunks of family history or multiple names found for the same person are included. Large fonts and easy-to-read images make learning easy for older adults.  190 pages, softcover.

Companion Workbook

Organizing your genealogical information is a snap with the Family Tree Workbook. This versatile workbook assists you in your research by providing a variety of forms, charts, and worksheets that help you categorize and track critical information. It also suggests ways to expand on the ancestral information you have already uncovered. The companion book for Practical Genealogy, this helpful workbooks is also suited for your own independent investigations. Featuring everything from pedigree charts and DNA trackers to marriage records and family lore sheets, this family tree workbook is inclusive of all types of family histories, thanks to specialty forms, migration maps, and blended family worksheets. Create a comprehensive history of your family as a heartfelt heirloom for future generations. 124 pages, softcover.

More Recordkeeping and Research Helps

      Since it was first published in 1980, From Generation to Generation has inspired thousands to pursue the unique challenges and rewards of Jewish genealogy. Far more engaging than a mere how-to reference guide, this landmark book is also part detective story and part spiritual quest. As Arthur Kurzweil takes you along on his own fascinating journey through his family’s past, you’ll learn about the tools, techniques, and the step-by-step process of Jewish genealogical research – including the most current information on using the Internet and the newly accessible archives of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. But even more, after reading this fully updated, revised, and beloved classic, you will undoubtedly be inspired to embark on a genealogical quest of your own! 320 pages, softcover.

      Children's Genealogy Book


        Organize Your Genealogy will show you how to use the latest technology tools and genealogy software to organize your time and resources, including how to set goals and objectives, determine workable research questions, sort paper and digital documents, keep track of physical and online correspondence, prepare for a research trip, and follow a skill-building plan.

        Whether you're a newcomer seeking best practices to get started or a seasoned researcher looking for new and better ways of getting organized, this guide will help you manage every facet of your ancestry research.

        Whether your ancestors hail from Warsaw or a tiny village in the Carpathians, The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide will give you the tools you need to track down your ancestors in Eastern Europe.

        Harness the powerful, timesaving organization features of Evernote's free software and mobile apps to manage your genealogy research. This comprehensive user guide explains how to organize all kinds of genealogy clues--from notes and e-mails to vital records and audio files--so the information is easily searchable, accessible on any device, and automatically backed up in the cloud. Step-by-step instructions show you how to organize research materials, analyze research clues, collaborate with cousins, and share your family history.

        Whether you're an Evernote newbie or dedicated user, How to Use Evernote for Genealogy will change your research life--by showing you how this free tool can make you a better, more efficient genealogist.

        How to Use Evernote for Genealogy features:

        • Evernote tips and strategies specifically for genealogy researchers, with real-life examples
        • Step-by-step instructions for managing different types of genealogy information, from research notes to document images to web clippings
        • Tricks for using Evernote to speed up research tasks, including transcription and research logs
        • Suggestions to search-optimize your Evernote data so that your information is easy to find
        • Ideas for enhancing Evernote with external apps
        • Tips to protect your data and troubleshoot common issues
        • Worksheets to help you organize your notebooks and stacks

          Find everything you need to know about online genealogy in one easy-to-use guide!

          This convenient book covers family tree basics, search engine basics, what is and is not online, membership organizations, immigration, ethnic research, and more. Easy-to-read bullet point lists ensure you don't forget the most essential concepts; sidebars offer additional important information throughout. 304 indexed pages, softcover.

            Chart your research course to find your European ancestors with the beginner-friendly, how-to instruction in this book. This one-of-a-kind collection provides invaluable information about more than 35 countries in a single source. Each of the 14 chapters is devoted to a specific country or region of Europe and includes all the essential records and resources for filling in your family tree.

            How do you organize the boxes of treasures you inherit from your mom and dad or need to eliminate when you downsize to a smaller home? Family Keepsakes gives you step-by-step advice for how to preserve family heirlooms without allowing them to take over your home or life. This book will help you preserve your family history for future generations. You'll learn how to:

            • Organize the boxes of your parents' stuff that you inherited
            • Decide which family heirlooms to keep
            • Donate items to museums, societies, and charities
            • Protect and pass on keepsakes
            • Create a catalog of family heirlooms
            • Organize genealogy files and parework
            • Digitize family history records
            • Organize computer files to improve your research

            If you're curious about who's hanging out in your family tree, there's never been a better time to find out. Get online with this book and get started today. Inside you'll find step-by-step search instructions to help you find exactly what you're looking for and chapters dedicated to finding specific records including birth, marriage, death, census, military, land, and immigration.