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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Ancestry Publishing; 3rd edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593312776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593312770
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Genealogists and other historical researchers have valued the first two editions (1984, 1997) of this work, often referred to as "the genealogist's bible." The new edition continues that tradition, and many libraries will want to acquire it. This time around, technological advances have drastically altered genealogical research. Computers and the Internet make many sources more accessible and more easily searched, and genetic data has entered the scene.

Intended as a handbook and a guide to selecting, locating, and using appropriate primary and secondary sources, The Source also functions as an instructional tool for novice genealogists and a refresher course for experienced researchers. More than 30 experts in this field--genealogists, historians, librarians, and archivists--prepared the 20 signed chapters, which are well written, easy to read, and include many helpful hints for getting the most out of whatever information is acquired. For example, the undated photograph on page 9 of a Mexican village can be roughly dated by knowing that the volcano in the background was active for only a few years, 1943-52.

There are four new chapters: "Computers and Technology," "General Reference and Guides," "Colonial English Research," and "Colonial Spanish Borderland Research." Three chapters were rewritten ("Business, Institution and Organization Records," "Church Records," and "African-American Research"), and all of the others have been updated to reflect new sources and new techniques. Each chapter ends with an extensive bibliography and is further enriched by tables, black-and-white illustrations, and examples of documents. Eight appendixes include the expected contact information for groups and institutions that persons studying genealogy and history need to find, such as family associations, historical societies, and archives.

Any library serving patrons interested in local history or genealogy will want to add this new edition to its collection. Sally Jane
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Now in a newly revised edition, The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy continues to be the primary reference work in its field. This new edition of The Source is intended to identify and describe the rich body of original research now available, and to facilitate the use of these so that family history can be preserved and enjoyed. Every chapter in this edition has been updated and fine-tuned based on the past 14 years of continuing research and scholarship. Because of the dramatic changes that have taken place in the field of genealogical research several chapters have been completely revised and two new chapters added ("Twentieth-Century Research" and "The Foundations of Family History Research". Whether a novice genealogist just starting out, or an experienced expert with years in the field, The Source is a "must" for all personal, genealogical society, and public library collections. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Save yourself a lot of time and frustration - just get this book!
Carole A. Cornell
For the amateur it guides you through the maze of where to start searching for your ancestors as well as the importance of properly citing your sources.
Cynthia L. Nielsen
Strong recommendation to consider adding this book to your refrence library for the study of genealogy.
Mark D. White

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121 of 125 people found the following review helpful By JWTEDDY on November 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I went through a lot of genealogy books looking for the right one to help me along on my search for my ancestors.When I hit the book THE SOURCE A GUIDEBOOK OF AMERICAN GENEALOGY, I hit paydirt. It is my bible to my geneological research. It covers every conceiveable catagory and helps the beginner as well as the pro on where to search out answers, where to get information on vital records, tracking through lineage organizations and individual chapters on select ethnic groups.One of the best chapters is on Tracking Urban Ancestors for those of us who are tracking relations who lived in big cities. This book should be on every family historians home library shelf
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
FROM THE BOOKSHELF: THE SOURCE: A Guidebook of American Genealogy
DearREADERS, One of the most useful books for those of us starting (and continuing) to pursue our American pedigrees was revised and republished by Ancestry Publishing Company in 191997. THE SOURCE is just that, an invaluable source, referencing:
Major record sources: family, vital, census, church, court, land, tax, military, institution and business
Published genealogical sources: city directories, newspapers, genealogy indexes and compiled biographies
Special resources: tracking immigrants, urban ancestors, Native American, Spanish/Southwest, Black, Asian, Jewish-American, computers and heredity & lineage societies)
Appendices include: addresses of regional Federal Archives, state historical archives, historical societies, research libraries, "Where to Write for Vital Records..", genealogy societies and genealogy book publishers
Lou and Sandra have written some of the chapters, and have called upon other well-respected genealogy experts to compose the other chapters. This book is so big, it can be used like an encyclopedia! However, I especially like to curl up and read it when I get stuck in a rut using just one or two types of records. This book reminds me to broaden my scope of research!
Regards, Myrt
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A. Y. Smittle on August 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is truly a GUIDEBOOK. It will guide you through your genealogical experience. When you get frustrated, "hit a brick wall," this is a good place to go for ideas. This will tell you where and how to look up all sorts of neat stuff. Essential stuff like what are the goodies of each census, who, where and what you can find info on all the soldiers from the wars. It DOESN'T have addresses to all the places you should be writing to---it is not that detailed. This just guides you. There are other books out there that can help you with courthouse recorder, deeds, phone #'s etc. Its got completely useless chapters TO ME on urban ancestry, all minorities ancestry is covered, phone directories, yearbooks, etc. How monstrous ship records and immigration records can be! This is just a book to help you with the basics. Its a good thing to have around; if you have an exceptional memory and can remember where you can find everything and what you can get from all those sources, you probably will never need this book. But its a good thing to have around.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Caraleisa VINE VOICE on July 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I got this book from a reseller, A1, via B&Ns site, for about 35 bucks. NO 'sourcing fee'. 4 bucks shipping. There's no excuse for the price gouging from whomever is selling this via Amazon. Hope you get to see this review! I searched on google with 'The Source, szucs, third' for the edition. I love Amazon but this time they didn't get the best price.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Val D. Greenwood on July 12, 2006
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This is a very good book. It has more information on more subjects and record sources than any other book I know. It is generally very easy to understand and apply, but I found, when I used it to teach a correspondence class on American research, that it was a bit overwhelming for the beginning student. It is expensive, but its contents justify its price, and everyone who takes American genealogical research seriously should own this book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
For anyone into Genealogy, this is a "must have" book. This book will give you a place to look for just about any record to be researched as well as other books that follow on the same line of research. A definite thumbs up.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 10, 2007
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The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy (Third Edition) If you are at all seriously interested in doing genealogical or family history research, this book should be in your library - and should definitely not sit on the shelf. I've been studying, learning about and doing this kind of research for seven years and in that period have read countless books, watched lots of videos, worked through many tutorials and spent hours and hours looking for my ancestral and family connections. I have found The Source to be absolutely the best repository of information about where to find the sources, how to do the work, and - especially - how to use the Internet in this work. Chapters are written by experts in the areas covered, the material is well written and the editors have done an outstanding job of putting it all together in a way that makes sense and flows. There is so much wisdom and information here I find myself taking notes as I read. Absolutely great! A "must have" for serious genealogists - and for anyone really wanting to learn how to find the people in their families who have gone before and left a legacy that helps define who we are.
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