June 2011, 220, 8 1/2x11, eBook/Paperback
$45.00 / £29.00 / 36,00 € / A$52.00
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Imprint: Libraries Unlimited
Subject: Adult Services and Programs/General
Series: Crash Course
David R. Dowell
There has been an explosion of interest in genealogy recently, with popular series running on PBS (Faces of America), NBC (Who Do You Think You Are?) and BYU-TV (The Generations Project). Even Lisa Simpson did a genealogy project for school. Part of the popular Crash Course series, Crash Course in Genealogy will help librarians feel more comfortable as they work with the increasing number of patrons looking for assistance in researching their family trees.
Beginning with library genealogical services policies, the guide moves on to cover genealogical research principles and most-used sources. It also illustrates how one can perform a search backward in time through American family history. The book includes information on researching people of color, taking research to another country, and adding DNA information to genealogical research. Examples from the author's decades-long experience as a genealogist enrich the text, while illustrations of census records and the like help readers understand the research process.
Timelines listing events for each century in U.S. history that may have created records about family members
Illustrations of census records, pedigree charts, family group sheets, and DNA results
Maps of both Y-chromosome (male) and mitochondrial (female) DNA haplogroups to illustrate the deep historical migration of our ancestors
Activities and a reading list for expanding one's knowledge and keeping up-to-date with current developments
An extensive glossary