- Series: National Genealogical Society Guides
- Paperback: 241 pages
- Publisher: Rutledge Hill Press; 2nd edition (April 21, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401600190
- ISBN-13: 978-1401600198
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Genealogy 101: How to Trace Your Family's History and Heritage (National Genealogical Society Guides) Paperback – April 21, 2003
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For all these classes of reader, the author makes her key points early and often: Start with yourself. Record everything you find, and everything you don't find. Cite your sources for all of it. Don't throw anything out or disregard information that might be useful later, or to someone else. Don't make assumptions about names or dates or places, or anything else. There are excellent chapters on basic method (including answers to such beginners' questions as "How far back can I go?Read more ›
Renick assists readers in developing a research strategy and tutors in the importance of accurate documentation. Get this book!!
Barbera Reneck has spent the last 30 years looking into her family history and seems almost like an evangelist for geneology. As a result,I found that her book was more information than I was looking for; but, then again, I need the lay of the land, and too much information might not necessarily be bad. She cautions us how important it is to cross-check and analyze information; for example, it is a good idea to double-check dates to make sure a person's age at birth, marriage, first child, and death flow and coordinate properly. Also, one should analyze the relative accuracies of the sources. A case in point is a death certificate, which is likely to be more accurate than an article in the paper covering the death, or a note in the family bible covering the death. She also recommended hooking up with a geneology society, reading geneological articles and newsletters, taking classes, and doing whatever you can do to get connected with the subject matter you are seeking.
I was a little surprised that she seemed to want to find every distant cousin and great great uncle in every branch of the family tree.Read more ›
Barbara Renick then adds her own stories of success and frustration to help drive each lesson home. Her stories re-enforce a point plus add some entertainment. Barbara's advice will help save me time and frustration. Like the saying goes, those who do not know history are bound to repeat it.
I personally have a drawer full of photo copies, notes, letters and pictures from 20 years of gathering little tidbits of my family history from many different family members. Sometimes the thought of organizing this information seems so daunting a task. Where do I start?
After reading this book, I feel very prepared and confident of where to start. I have a plan and so many resources that my tree should rapidly grow with my ancestors and their stories. I see this book becoming a well worn tool and companion on my genealogical journey that can now begin.
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This is a very good book for anyone who is working by the genealogy for their families. I've like using it so far in my own researchPublished on November 16, 2013 by Dori
Perfect book for those beginning their journey into family history. Even those genealogists who have experience will benefit from the information and will help them to... Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by Joan Petty Bounds
This book is great, it is in terms I can understand and I love the stories and makes me think of things that happened in my family.Published on January 18, 2013 by Earthstar
Being new to ancestry This book is vital to my learning and it is very helpful,& it is a good read as to explaining ,Like the way it is written like telling the authors story but... Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by serenity
I've been doing genealogy - a lot - for about ten years and probably knew or heard everything in this book at some point (and sometimes from Barbara herself), but I still own it... Read morePublished on May 14, 2010 by Pat in Northern Utah
As a total beginner at Genealogy I was looking for a book packed with beginner type info. I purchased this book and the book for dummies. The book for dummies was much better. Read morePublished on February 19, 2010 by A. J. Caines