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The Genealogist's Question & Answer Book Paperback – February 12, 2002

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What is a collective naturalization? Why is there no 1890 federal census? These questions are symptomatic of the biggest problem in genealogical research: too often, genealogy newbies overlook valuable data or fail to optimize their research time because they have not yet learned the proper terms or numerous informational tidbits that can expedite research. In the form of answers and suggestions to 260 frequently asked questions, Melnyk (The Weekend Genealogist) covers not just the basic whats and wheres of genealogical records but, more importantly, the whysDwhy certain records were created and why they are important to researchers. Beginning with a chapter on general genealogy topics, Melnyk looks at how to begin research. She follows with discussions on various sources, including oral histories, vital and church records, naturalization and land records, computer databases, and cemetery records. Sources often overlooked, such as coroners' records and military hospital records, are covered in detail. Melnyk also documents sources and the reliability of records and provides a chapter of terms encountered during research. Throughout, readers will find record examples, charts of data, and bibliographies for further reading. Although many beginning genealogy guides are available (e.g., Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer's Long-Distance Genealogy, LJ 8/00), this book has a novel format, and the basic know-how it affords will help readers save time while thoroughly gathering data. Even researchers (and librarians) with considerable experience may encounter facts here that refresh or enlighten. Highly recommended for public and genealogy library collections. (Index not seen.)DElaine M. Kuhn, Allen Cty. P.L., Ft. Wayne, IN
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This handy guide provides the answers to more than 250 commonly posed questions pertaining to the methodology and execution of genealogical research and inquiry. The author, citing the often daunting and overwhelming availability of both primary and secondary resources in the twenty-first century, supplies a manageable framework for novice researchers. Categorized according to document type, the questions asked most frequently concern acquiring, interpreting, and assessing the reliability of church, census, hospital, military, tax, and funeral home records. The significance of accessing reliable information via computer databases and the Internet is also addressed. The recent boom in genealogical research is creating a demand for straightforward, easy-to-follow instructional manuals such as this one. Margaret Flanagan
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Betterway Books (February 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558705902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558705906
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,981,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Genealogist's Question & Answer Book: Solutions And Advice For Maximizing Your Research Results by professional genealogist Marcia Yannizze Melnyk offers the reader a solid wealth of practical "how-to" advice and inspiration useful to genealogists at all experience levels ranging from the novice amateur to highly skilled and experienced. Individual chapters address how to extract desired information from numerous types of records, including records of census, churches, the military, cemeteries, taxes, city directories, the Internet and much more. Strongly recommended for personal and community library genealogy reference collections, examples and step-by-step instructions make The Genealogist's Question & Answer Book first-rate for teaching oneself the art and science of practical genealogy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clark B. Timmins on April 2, 2009
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The book presents a wide range of research methodology and correct processes--but it is heavily focused on USA research. It is written in the indicated "question and answer" format, with like questions grouped into chapters. The questions are typically fairly short, while the provided answers are lengthy and complete. In many respects, the book would be suitable as a reference work on basic genealogy--except that it is insufficiently indexed to allow one to easily find specific questions or topics. The lack of robust indexing is the book's major failing.

The section on census use is particularly strong, with detailed descriptions of which censuses exist, which have been fully or partially indexed, which have Soundex or Miracode indices, and how those indices work. Another section details resources available on-line; this section is useful but not as exhaustive as a work purposely devoted to the topic. All in all, a solid and very enjoyable work.
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By mbm1311 on January 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
I'm reading this early in 2013 and it was published in 2002. So the chapter on computers and internet research is a dated but still hold up! The author takes us through the most common sources used to build a family tree and would imagine she is a first rate teacher. I've listed the chapter headings.

1.General Genealogical Questions - what I'd ask if I was just getting started and wanted a simple, clean 'lay of the land'
2.Oral History and Home Sources

These are the important records explained with important tips and ideas.
3.Vital Records and Church Records
4.Census Records
5.Military Records
6.Immigration and Naturalization Records
7.Computers, the Internet, Indexes, and Computer Databases - unless you have a source what you find on line is just a clue.
8.Land, Probate and Tax Records
Documenting Sources and Determining the Reliability of Records
9. Newspapers, periodicals, and City Directories
10. Cemetery and Funeral Home Records
Terminology: Genealogy Terms and What the Mean

Follow this book and document a first rate family tree
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By KC on January 11, 2012
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I first checked this book from the library and couldn't believe the list of references and resources. I decided I need to have this for my own library. There is one section that lists all of the different census documents and what is on each of them. Great resource and reference book!
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The book was received in great condition. It has very useful information for the beginner and reviewing for more advanced genealogists. It had info which aided me in understanding and researching my ancestors. A great addition to my genealogy library.
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