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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (Oct. 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0737300078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0737300079
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.9 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 494 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #766,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A genealogical author, columnist, and popular lecturer, Carmack delivers a friendly and informed guide that can help both the beginning and experienced genealogist. In a direct, well-organized text, she approaches research via the phone, mail, the Internet, or hired professionals, covering resources and repositories that range from fingertip sources, forms, interviews, and research trips to professional genealogical certification and accreditation venues. Inviting and unpyrotechnic, the text concludes with encouragement and options for turning raw research material into some ultimate form of treasured legacy, be it a book, article, or album. Besides being well crafted and comprehensive, this book is written with care and respect. Easier to use but just as professional as Mark D. Herber's Ancestral Trails (LJ 3/1/98), this book also dovetails nicely with Charley Kempthorne's For All Time (LJ 9/15/96).?Scott Hightower, New York Univ., New York
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on Feb. 18 2003
Format: Paperback
I love this book. Although it is appropriate for beginners, it covers more topics, and in more detail, than you'd expect to find in a beginner's book, making it perfect for advanced-beginner or intermediate genealogists. For instance, most books will mention cemetery research, but this one details all the different *kinds* of cemeteries there are (I had no idea) and discusses what to bring when you're going to a cemetery, how to photograph a tombstone, the ins and outs of tombstone rubbings, etc.
The author covers everything imaginable: interview skills, records abstraction, what to bring (and how to behave) when visiting a courthouse, how to organize in preparation for research trips, what kinds of genealogy classes are available and where to find them, how to go about becoming a professional, how to make sure your research isn't lost to the world after you're gone, etc. She doesn't just list which genealogical journals exist, she explains the differences between them and illustrates clearly why it's important to read them. (That may seem obvious, but there are issues I hadn't thought of.) There are tips galore.
Another thing I liked: Once she's introduced you to a topic, she provides recommendations for further reading, so you know where to go to learn more about that particular issue.
In short, this author is very thorough, and at the same time very readable. I'd recommend this book to anyone.
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This is a great beginner's book on genealogy. It discusses various documentation methods; where and how to find records; and organization methods for your research. Two case studies reinforce how to use the records available to you.
The book goes on to suggest other publications (books, magazines, journals) that are good for genealogists to be familiar with. It also discusses significant genealogical societies and their requirements for membership. It even includes a chapter on how to become a professional genealogist.
Finally, the appendix in this book is a valuable source of information, detailing how to contact the various libraries, repositories, societies, etc. discussed in this book.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, detailed Feb. 18 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love this book. Although it is appropriate for beginners, it covers more topics, and in more detail, than you'd expect to find in a beginner's book, making it perfect for advanced-beginner or intermediate genealogists. For instance, most books will mention cemetery research, but this one details all the different *kinds* of cemeteries there are (I had no idea) and discusses what to bring when you're going to a cemetery, how to photograph a tombstone, the ins and outs of tombstone rubbings, etc.
The author covers everything imaginable: interview skills, records abstraction, what to bring (and how to behave) when visiting a courthouse, how to organize in preparation for research trips, what kinds of genealogy classes are available and where to find them, how to go about becoming a professional, how to make sure your research isn't lost to the world after you're gone, etc. She doesn't just list which genealogical journals exist, she explains the differences between them and illustrates clearly why it's important to read them. (That may seem obvious, but there are issues I hadn't thought of.) There are tips galore.
Another thing I liked: Once she's introduced you to a topic, she provides recommendations for further reading, so you know where to go to learn more about that particular issue.
In short, this author is very thorough, and at the same time very readable. I'd recommend this book to anyone.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great Book for the Beginning Genealogist Aug. 17 2000
By Teresa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great beginner's book on genealogy. It discusses various documentation methods; where and how to find records; and organization methods for your research. Two case studies reinforce how to use the records available to you.
The book goes on to suggest other publications (books, magazines, journals) that are good for genealogists to be familiar with. It also discusses significant genealogical societies and their requirements for membership. It even includes a chapter on how to become a professional genealogist.
Finally, the appendix in this book is a valuable source of information, detailing how to contact the various libraries, repositories, societies, etc. discussed in this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good Old Book July 5 2013
By Semper Fi! - Published on Amazon.com
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Book arrived with the front cover folded over on itself but no other problems. Material coved in book is very dated but still useful.
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Good source book July 12 2012
By Cliff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book after reading it in the library and felt there was additional information that I may need to refer to as I was doing my research. Amazon found a source that sold the book at a reasonable price.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
great source book May 9 2011
By Nancee D. Goldwater - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book for helping find genealogy sources. Was one suggested by a local genealogy group for filling in branches on the family tree! Book I ordered was in great condition and the price was much less than what the group had paid for the same book.


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