From School Library Journal
Grade 5 Up-- Readable and interesting, full of intriguing stories, this guide is also visually attractive, with large print and many photographs and sidebars. Wolfman begins with the purposes of genealogy and then provides the how-tos, discussing heirlooms, photographs, oral histories, vital records and other documents, and more. There is a great deal of material on immigration, but it is unfortunately scattered throughout the book rather than grouped together as a unit. In addition, Wolfman has nothing on timelines, and the chapter on names is placed toward the end rather than at the beginning. Sample pedigree charts, family groups sheets and correspondence logs (which can be photocopied), addresses for birth and death records, and applications for federal records are included in the appendix. Cooper's Where Did You Get Those Eyes? (Walker, 1988), for slightly younger children, takes a very simple, project-oriented approach, and has no information on immigration. Perl's The Great Ancestor Hunt (Clarion, 1989), much better organized than Wolfman's book, has a more thorough discussion of heredity vs. environment, and includes a history of genealogy and record-keeping; she only supplies the basics, though, while Wolfman is far more detailed and specific on the hows, wheres, and whens of genealogical research. --Ann W. Moore, formerly at Lane Road Library, Columbus, OH
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About the Author
Ira Wolfman, the former editor-in-chief of Sesame Street Magazine, is a writer whose articles have appeared in Travel + Leisure, Redbook, Ms., and other publications. He is also the author of Climbing Your Family Tree.