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The Family Tree Detective: Cracking the Case of Your Family's Story Paperback – March 1, 1999

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Grade 4-8For students interested in family history, this book is just the ticket. In 16 brief chapters, a surefire method for conducting genealogical research is outlined. General background predominates in the first four sections, which cover rationale, basic Mendelian genetics, and degrees of relatedness. The rest of the book introduces various interviewing techniques, data collection and storage, and ways to present the story of a family once it is together. Suggested research tools include interviews (whether by letter, phone, tape recorder, or e-mail), videotapes, schematic representations of family trees, and scrapbooks. Branching Out boxes offer tips on getting facts and locating pictorial data. Detective Tip sidebars frame questions, while Amazing Family Facts offer information on families, holiday customs in other countries, the implications of human migration, and addresses of genealogical organizations in the United States and Canada. Reproducible pages (in three double-page spreads) provide forms for making a family tree, recording ones own family facts, and interview questions and answers. MacEacherns cartoon illustrations are bright and energetic enough to carry readers through the more nuts-and-bolts portions. A brief glossary and short but accurate index round out this useful resource.Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Gets kids thinking about new ways to keep in touch. (Robin Raskin Family PC 20000401)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1010L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Maple Tree Press (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1895688892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1895688894
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,310,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ann Douglas (1963-) is the author of numerous books about pregnancy and parenting, including The Mother of All Pregnancy Books (second US edition: July 2012; second Canadian edition, July 2011) and The Mother of All Baby Books (second Canadian edition, October 2012). Her latest book -- about parenting a child who is struggling with a mental, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge -- will be published by HarperCollins Canada in January 2015. Her websites are and and her Facebook Page is You can follow her on Twitter at @anndouglas.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mom 2 Two on August 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book explains clearly and simply to kids how to get started researching their family tree. Ann Douglas delves into a bit of genetics and then talks about how kids can get started -- how to interview family members (including giving sample interview questions to use), tips on getting people's stories on audio or videotape, how to store their research, and gives great ideas on how to share the information learned with family members.
The bright, colorful illustrations give the book a fun look, and the charts throughout the book are very helpful.
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