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on November 16, 1999
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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on September 9, 1998
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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on August 9, 2002
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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VINE VOICEon July 3, 2006
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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on July 12, 2006
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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on April 18, 1999
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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on October 10, 2007
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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on May 8, 1998
If you don't have The Source, get it. This is the best reference book for discovering all of the sources available throughout the U.S. for genealogical research. Genealogists consider it the Bible for genealogical research in the U.S. If you can only get one book for genealogy, this is the one to have.
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on February 19, 2010
Have already benefited from the section showing what state have that have ital records Online. It is one resource recommended as a priority in building a personal home genealogy research library. Will recommend in my Genealogy organization for others to consider using this source for purchase.
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on February 18, 2009
The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy (Third Edition)
The Source is the recommended textbook for the intermediate course of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, June 2009, at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.

"The Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) provides an educational forum for the discovery, critical evaluation, and use of genealogical sources and methodology through a week of intensive study led by nationally prominent genealogical educators. Students may choose one of the offered courses that range from a course for beginners to courses on specialized topics."

"The institute is academically and professionally oriented and is cosponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. The faculty is composed of outstanding nationally known genealogy educators. Begun in 1962, the institute regularly enrolls over 200 students from around the country." [...]

Since receiving the book I have begun reading with the first chapter in order to be better prepared while attending the institute this year. As an "intermediate" genealogist I have already been reminded of many research guidelines which I knew but have overlooked. It is a very readable book but is also packed with information written by some of the most well-known experts in the field of genealogy.
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