- Series: Handybook for Genealogists
- Hardcover: 619 pages
- Publisher: Everton Publishers Inc; 9th edition (June 15, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1890895032
- ISBN-13: 978-1890895037
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America (9th Edition) Hardcover – June 15, 1999
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Name, map index reference number, date created, population per latest census, dates US Census Reports available, parent county or territory from which organized, county seat including zip code (for requesting copies of documents),
As an example, I learned that Carroll County, MD, created in 1837 from Baltimore and Frederick Counties. It's county seat is Westminister, zip code 21157. The Clerk of the Circuit Court has the marriage records from 1837-1900 not indexed, from 1900 indexed, divorce, civil court and land records from 1837.
Reading about the state of Maryland as a whole, I learned that the Division of Vital Records and Statistics, Department of Health located at 201 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 issues copies of birth, marriage and death records. Birth records begin 1898. Marriage records begin 1 June 1951. Wills are in the register of wills for each county.
There are also listings of genealogical archives, libraries, societies and publications, along with dates for each available census index.
The line drawings of each state with current counties might be useful to illustrate a family's location in the area for your family history notebooks.
From their advertising circular: "Information that researchers need for America includes records available in each county, current information includes: address and telephone numbers for country clerks, 56 color maps of each state and trails! 124 emigration trail descriptions. Illustrates rivers and lakes.
I wouldn't steer you wrong of this one!Read more ›
Just an amazing book! This is a great book to have.
The book's organization continues what we've been used to. Each state's chapter (the District of Columbia is here, too) begins with a brief overview of its history and governmental organization, followed by a lengthy list of societies, libraries, and other records repositories, and then a newly updated and expanded topically organized subject bibliography. Then comes the list of counties, each with date of formation and parent county, the full official address, phone number, and web site address (new to this edition), and details on which record groups are available for what time-spans. A simplified color map clearly shows county boundaries, rivers, and a few major cities. Border counties of adjacent states are also usefully shown, but not highways, railroads, or county seats, which I could wish had been included. A blank page for notes at the end of each chapter may encourage the user to record updates of contact information.
Following the U.S. section are similar chapters for nineteen selected foreign countries, all European or English-speaking (Canada, Australia, and New Zealand), plus Mexico.Read more ›
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I am a beginning genealogist and this book has really helped in my "detective" work and I am in an organization that thrives on history and our ancestors,,so now I can be... Read morePublished 5 months ago by gardening lady