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Product Details

  • Series: Unpuzzling Your Past
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Betterway Books; 1St Edition edition (September 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155870423X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558704237
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're hooked on Emily Anne Croom's Unpuzzling Your Past, then it's time to get the workbook with its multitude of forms to keep you from recreating the wheel every step of the way. There are checklists to help you organize your research, guidance on census and military records, forms to speed the information gathering process, contact logs, and various organizational method prototypes to help you make sense of all the geographic, generational, and chronological family data you collect.

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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book appears to be about 250 pages (un-numbered). It's complete with basic forms such as pedigree and family group sheets, but goes beyond with census extraction forms & check lists, Military Record checklists, research planning worksheets and contact logs. Croom's has included completed examples of these forms which make it easy to understand. Very helpful to new and intermediate users.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Kortright on July 27, 2003
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I have to strongly disagree with the words "for all genealogists" in the book title. This is a great book if you are doing beginning or intermediate research in the United States. However, if the majority of your research is based anywhere else, it's not worth buying and it's definitely not "for all genealogists".
My research is almost solely based in the UK and this book has been totally useless to me. The following are examples:
Census forms: (years 1790-1920, 4-5 of each, totalling approximately 64 tear-out pages) are for the United States and do not bear any census dates or helpful information for the UK or any other county.
Military Records Check Lists: also for the United States and do not have any other country's information on them nor is there any information on how to find military records in other countries.
Deed index: ditto all the above.
While there is SOME helpful information in this book and a few worth-while pointers, you'd be better off purchasing a book that deals with your country of research or searching the web for freebie sites that have the appropriate forms on them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Sisk on March 23, 2010
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Emily Croom's Unpuzzling Your Past Workbook provides many forms for recording genealogical research. In addition, she gives examples of how to use the forms by filling them out herself to show what information should be noted and how to write it down so that you can refer back to it and not wonder what your notes mean. There are many sources of genealogical research information, but Emily does a splendid job of covering all the important topics. And the forms can be duplicated whenever new copies of them are needed. She has very thoughtfully organized her forms so that a person following her research suggestions will have, after any length of time, a great resource for turning the completed forms into a written family history. I wish that I had a copy of this book at the very beginning of my research.
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By Garridon on February 21, 2010
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I bought this book based on raving recommendations in a genealogy book. I was having trouble managing all my materials and thought this would give me some new forms for things I was struggling with (like passenger lists). Instead, I got a lot of standard forms that I already had. I expected a better selection of forms instead of many copies of one form.
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It was very surprising. It was the best "used" book a person could have to complete and study genealogy. I was an envy of by continuing education class as this was recommended by the Instructor, but was not available at the local book store. Thanks.
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To really get the full advantage of this workbook, you need to also purchase the reference book that goes with it. I like the forms and the information.
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This has helped me organize my thoughts and "people." I have found that when I am working on Ancestry or my MacFamily Tree application, it is easily to get "lost" in the facts. Thiese worksheets help me stay on track and on task. Nicely done!
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