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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007181650X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071816502
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

George G. Morgan, an internationally recognized genealogy expert, is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and vice president of membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. He is the author of several books, including three editions of How to Do Everything: Genealogy. George coproduces The Genealogy Guys Podcast with Drew Smith.

Drew Smith, MLS, a librarian at the University of South Florida, is the “Rootsmithing with Technology” columnist for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ FORUM magazine. He is chair of the Family History Information Standards Organisation and president of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa.


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I found the book very helpful for my research on family history.
Casey
This book is a godsend in assisting me to advance my research even further than I had already done!
texicanwife
While some of these are common sense, it is good to have reminders to go back and look again.
Dear old Dad

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Rachel C on October 4, 2013
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This was an outstanding genealogy guide! Every page had information that I am now able to apply to help me work through the many genealogy challenges that I have. For example, searching every page of an enumeration district in the 1930 Census for Texas McCulloch County resulted in my locating two of my grandfather's brothers. This helped me move to the next challenges.

I have been involved with genealogy since the 1970s, and this was one of the very best guides I have ever used.

Rachel Harris Caillouet
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By American learning Czech on November 7, 2013
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A slim volume, which would be even slimmer if the authors had spent less time on their 'brick wall' analogy and had used more concise examples. For example, the authors suggest building a timeline and include a 4+ page personal exhibit. Three pages of magazine front covers also seemed excessive. All, or at least most of the examples were one of the author's personal research, which leaves the reader wondering how broad the authors experience really is. Additionally, the examples focus on early 20th century America, which seem less deserving of 'advanced' techniques than the early 19th century America or European centric problems with which I am faced. Researchers with Asian or African backgrounds will find even less help, I fear.

I did find the section on DNA a worthwhile read (in fact, I read it twice) because it explained in concrete terms what DNA test can and can't do for the genealogist.

Understand that the points made by the authors are valid and worth repeating. The book just could have been very much more concise, but then, it wouldn't have been a book at all.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Betty J. Clay on November 28, 2013
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This book is well written and the information is accurate. I gave it three stars instead of five because of the word 'Advanced' in the title. I expected it to be more advanced than it is. I'd call it a book for intermediate genealogists, and a very good one for people working at that level.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By RichardW on March 1, 2014
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This is not the first genealogy book for you to read.

You just will not appreciate it until you have spent at least a year or two researching your family and have run into problems locating and identifying your ancestors. The brick wall.

One important key idea is that if you can't find information about a specific individual, then research their siblings or cousins. Your grandparents cousins may be less important to you, but the odds are they all migrated from the same towns. You may not be able to determine exactly where your grandfather was born, but you might be able to locate a record for the birthplace of his brothers or sisters.

Another key idea when trying to locate ship migration manifests is to realize that most immigrants changed their names shortly after they arrived. You probably know their Americanized names. To find the ship manifest you need to know the names they used when they boarded the ship in Europe and you may never have heard those names. One of the keys is to try to find their naturalization papers which will tell you the exact date of arrival and the ship name. If you are lucky, the naturalization papers may tell you the name they used on the ship. Remember too that no matter what you have heard, names were never changed at Ellis Island. The immigration officials at Ellis Island simply copied down the names on the ship manifest that was recorded by the ship's purser in Europe when they purchase tickets.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dear old Dad on October 7, 2013
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well written guide chock full of great advanced strategies. While some of these are common sense, it is good to have reminders to go back and look again.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By V. Eicke on October 29, 2013
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I've doing my family's genealogy, and like many other have run into the brick wall on occasion. This book has helped get around those, and given me more places to look. I would recommend it.
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I actually enjoyed the last half of the book.
The book is worth buying,
I really did obtain new web sites.
I don't think there is any Advanced information.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Sarratore on May 2, 2014
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A very good resource. This book provides a systematic way to approach genealogical "brick walls." Packed with good information and examples.
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