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Do People Grow on Family Trees?: Genealogy for Kids and Other Beginners, The Official Ellis Island Handbook Paperback – January 6, 1991

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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
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; English Language edition (January 6, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894803484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894803482
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book brings the study of genealogy alive by intertwining the author's own family search with the common experience of many of us to find our own roots and beginnings. It sensitively handles cultural differences and origins and attempts to highlight specific events that affected particular immigrant groups.
The frequent use of biographical resources (photographs, documents, sidenotes) allows the reader to relate the discussion of genealogy to actual people and events in history. Since this is also called the "Official Ellis Island Handbook" this book additionally gives a very personal and thorough look at what it meant to be an immigrant and the experience that awaited many of our ancestors when they arrived in America.
I highly recommend this book not only for children but for anyone that desires a concise definition of the field of genealogy and family history. Its highly visual format and organization also make it a great classroom tool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cten on January 21, 2014
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This book really meets my needs. I love getting names off the pedigree charts into the context of their lives and this book is very motivating and helpful.
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By Linda A. Kelly on September 1, 2015
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I purchased this book for $4.00 and the book had a sticker on it for $1.00 and now it is on sale for $.01! It is a used book (I missed this) and when it is opened the binding is fragile and a couple of corners were a bit bent. The book has some good content and is appropriate for the older grade school child, maybe 9-11 yr olds.
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