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For those just beginning their family history research, the number and variety of printed sources can be overwhelming and confusing. Keeping abreast of the ever-increasing amount of new materials often proves difficult for even the seasoned researcher. This work serves as a guide through the maze of published records for beginner and expert alike. A fine line can be drawn between this publisher's classic work, The Source (1996. rev. ed.), and Printed Sources. While the first book defines and explains "original" records (e.g., censuses, vital records, etc.), this new work addresses materials that have arisen from authors' compilations and synthesis of the original data. The book opens with an essential introductory chapter that highlights categories of research, the evaluation of records, interlibrary loan, and even the Dewey Decimal system. Editor Meyerink then divides the book into four sections encompassing background information (how-to books, atlases), finding aids, printed original records, and compiled records (family histories, periodicals). Chapters, many contributed by well-known genealogists, begin with outlines of key concepts and sources to be discussed and end with helpful bibliographies. The text explains the nature and origin of a printed source?such as a church history?as well as its usefulness, what types of information it contains, and where and how one can locate sources like it. Three appendixes provide information on CD-ROMs, major U.S. genealogical libraries, and genealogical publishers and booksellers. Librarians and researchers will appreciate the depth and detail of information provided, even if their own collections do not contain so many sources. With a wealth of knowledge packed into 840 pages, this is a required purchase for all libraries.?Elaine M. Kuhn, Allen Cty. P.L., Fort Wayne
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 839 pages
  • Publisher: Ancestry Publishing (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916489701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916489700
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.7 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By DearMYRTLE on September 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
In their usual fine tradition, Ancestry Publishing has come up with yet another definitive book to assist serious genealogy researchers with the task at hand! Hot off the press and first distributed at the May 1998 NGS National Genealogical Society Conference, critics are hailing this as a "must have" reference book extraordinaire.
"Most guidebooks do not discuss published records in detail, but most researchers begin with published records." (p2)
This massive collaborative effort includes the following participants: General Reference - Martha L. Henderson
Instructional Materials - Sandra Hargreaves Luebking
Geographic Tools: Maps, Atlases and Gazetteers - Carol Mehr Schiffman
Ethnic Sources - Loretto Dennis Szucs
Bibliographies and Catalogs - David T. Thackery
Published Indexes - Kip Sperry
Vital & Cemetery Records - Karen Clifford
Church Sources - Richard W. Dougherty
Censuses and Tax Lists - G. David Dilts
Published Probate Records - Wendy Elliott
Printed Land Records - Wendy B. Elliott and Karen Clifford
Court and Legal Records - Benjamin Barnett Spratling, 3rd
Military Sources - David T. Thackery
Immigration Sources - Kory L. Meyerink
Documentary Sources - Kory L. Meyerink
Family Histories and Genealogies - Kory L. Meyerink
County & Local Histories - Kory L. Meyerink
Biographies - Kory L. Meyerink
Genealogical Periodicals - Kory L. Meyerink
Medieval Genealogy - Glade I. Nelson & John M. Kitzmiller, 2nd
Appendixes include: CD-ROMs for family historians, ajor US genealogical libraries, genealogical publishers and booksellers.
One uses this 840 page reference work in a variety of ways.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This may be the most important general genealogical resource to appear since the revised edition of _The Source,_ to which it is the companion volume. Meyerink is an Accredited Genealogist and teacher of wide experience as well as a reference librarian and bibliographer at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. As in _The Source,_ each of the 20 chapters is written by a recognized expert in a subject (the editor provides six chapters himself), ranging from published catalogs and indexes to printed land records, county histories, and family histories. The Introduction and the four chapters that make up the "Background Information" section should be read by all genealogists, preferably early in their development. Coverage in all chapters ranges from the very general (and essential) to the surprisingly detailed, such as a two-page table of the most useful published and unpublished statewide indexes to county and local histories. Practical examples abound, including the causes of incorrect record transcriptions in published collections, the shortcomings of census indexes (and how to work around them), the differences among the major genealogical journals, where to find key documentary collections, and scores of others. Subject bibliographies, lists of addresses (and Web sites), and assorted checklists are scattered thickly throughout. Of special interest is Appendix A: "CD-ROMs for Family Historians," which lists all the major titles available through early 1998 -- more than 200 of them -- and also the names and address of 45 CD-ROM publishers. Put this one in your letter to Santa Claus this year!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daisychain on December 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a must have book for any geneology / family history researcher. It covers every kind of printed source you can find important family history information in. Easy to understand and well worth it to have on hand for reference. I have used mine several times and I only work on geneology sporadically.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By UBHappy on June 21, 2012
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Printed Sources is the essential guidebook to the best printed genealogical resources in the United States. Although this 840 page book is rooted in scholarship and can be found on the bookshelf of every professional genealogist in the United States, it also provides a very valuable reference for individuals and families who are trying to discover their family history. I found the book to be especially helpful by providing instructional information on how to research and interpret genealogical information from a vast spectrum of sources (Federal, state, local government records; church records; genealogical histories and periodicals; etc.).

Printed Sources does have some important limitations:
1) The book has not been updated in 14 years since it was last published in 1998.
2) The book is limited to PRINTED sources and only begins to touch on the vast amount of genealogical information that has since become available through the internet since 1998.
3) The book focuses almost exclusively on printed genealogical resources in the United States, although it does allude to some overseas resources in Chapter 4-Ethnic Resources (26 pages) and Chapter 14-Immigration Sources (44 pages).

Overall, Printed Sources can be a good reference source as you begin your journey to discover your family history in the United States, but do not expect this book to provide the complete map for your journey.
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