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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Book Sales (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890091366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890091364
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The condition said, "very good." They were wrong!
Marilyn Alvey
Finally a book to record EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know about your family in one place!
Brandon
This book is an excellent place to start organizing your genealogical research.
Kate Fox

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kate Fox on August 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent place to start organizing your genealogical research. The format provided by the book is helping me to see the areas in which I need more information. I plan to use the book as a guide when I begin interviewing other family members. The book does provide helpful information about gealogical research on the last few pages.

It is true that some sections could have been better. If you have information on generations prior to your Great, Great, Great Grandparents, there is not space provided for them on the tree diagrams. Too much space is given for legal guardians. There is not enough space for children and grandchildren of the starting couple. One of the other reviewers mentioned that the book assumes that the first entry in the book will be a couple. This is true, but you can chose to start the book from your parents' generation if you are not part of a couple.

Basically, this is a good starting reference book. Once I've used it to conduct my family interviews, I plan to load the information from it into one of the genealogy PC programs.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brynn Langerak on April 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
When I first got this book, I'll admit that I was overwhelmed. Documenting your family to get every single mother or father down the line is intimidating. I haven't written anything in this book because I want to make sure I have enough information to put inside it. I'd hate to fill up a page or two and then stop because I was unable to find anything more.

When you start the book, it begins with "Our Family" where you write down your name along with your spouse's name and the information of when/where the wedding ceremony took place. If you're single and have no children, it's okay to put your parents in and use them as the starting family.

The next following pages are for simple information about the Husband, the Wife, and a page where you list the children and their birth information. After that is a page for Grandchildren and Descendants.

Then it gets to the Family Tree part. You fill in information about you and your spouse and then it branches off to husband's parents, wife's parents, the grandparents of both and it keeps going for 3 more generations.

That kind of scared me. The family tree tends to get a bit hairy. What comes next is what intimidates me.

After that is the section where it focuses on the Husband's Ancestral chart. It starts with information about the husband (Name, Birth, Marriage, Death/Burial, Occupation, Special Interests). Then it branches off to his parents, the parents of his parents, and keeps going for 3 more generations. All in the same format except for the last 2 generations where it all seems squished together.

The next section is about the Husband's family. You list his brothers and sisters (Up to 9 entries), their spouses and children (the children entry is just one small line!).
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Over the last ten years (my span of genealogy research), I have purchased this book every time I have seen it. It is very clearly laid out, and allows you to fill in family information as you get it, not only on your direct ancestors, but their siblings as well. Because of its size, it is also a great book to take on trips to visit relatives, to fill in with the basic information. It also has quite a bit of blank space - I have seen a few where the margins are filled with interesting family lore - it really personalizes the book. I have given quite a few to friends who have expressed an interest in collecting information on their families - it's a great starter item.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rachel E. Watkins on November 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a fill-in-the-blank style book with room to include a husband's and wifes ancestors and children as well as other relevant information. However, in places it seems to include too much room for some things.....like a full page of lines for 'legal guardians' while only one line(quite small) for children of the husband or wife and thier siblings. Since that page is next to the 'legal guardians' page I was at least able to make use of it for the run off of listing children of those with more than two kids.
It is a convenient book to take along to family gatherings to record information and fill in the blanks. I think this is a good book to start recording family history and geneology, but I would prefer another book for a completed book. In the meantime, I don't mind a few scratch-outs of mistakes in this one.
The Illustrations are early american/civil war era style. Under the "Religious Acticities" section it shows a catholic baptism of a baby and a cathedral. So, if you're not christian it doesn't really apply.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is smartly desinged. The easy to complete pages cover most aspects of family live, past and present. The slim design allows one to complete several volumes and take up little space on the bookshelf. The research rescources are very helpful.I highly reccommend it as a wedding or baby shower gift.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is the prompting we all have been waiting for and the resources to build on our current knowledge of our personal family trees. You can create within the book itself and pass it on to other family members. The pages are bound and all information you add to it creates an ever expanding book about your own history. I liked to resources they had to further my own interest and I had a way to put all my information in one place.
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