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Getting Started in Genealogy: or, How To Leave a Legacy and Have Fun Doing So Paperback – July 30, 2009

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About the Author

Charlie Bourland is a graduate of Yale University and a retired management consultant living in Savannah, Georgia. He has been researching his families since 1995. He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Mayflower Society, the Jamestowne Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and numerous County, Surname and related groups.For several years he has been teaching a 12 hour course entitled "Getting Started in Genealogy" at the Lifelong Learning Institute at Armstrong Atlantic State University, the Skidaway Community Institute and The Marshes of Skidaway. He has written 6 family history books which can be found in the Genealogical Society of Utah Library, the New England Historic and Genealogical Society (NEHGS), the New York Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library (IN).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (July 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440154384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440154386
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,178,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Researching my family's history about a year ago, I had run into a deadend and
accumulated lots of data on randomly organized sheets of paper. Then I came across this book by Bourland. His Work Plan made all the difference. It gave
me a method of organizing and storing paper and photos and provided a path to a
more intelligent method of working. I have followed this method with success
ever since.
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Other books on this subject were far too complicated and difficult to get through. This book suffers from NONE of that. It is "right on" and easy to follow and I highly recommend it.

Dick Bailey
Sarasota, Florida
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Our #3 daughter is our family genealogist and has received raved reviews for her work and has traveled overseas to lecture so when she suggested I read Bourland's new pamphlet I bought a copy and did so.

Quite interesting, informative and a must read for anyone wanting to get into the basics. Good going Mr. Bourland. Lennie B
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A MUST FOR ALL FAMILIES THAT HAVE ANY INTEREST IN THEIR HERITAGE. THE AUTHOR HAS PENNED A WONDERFUL GUIDE WHICH ,IF FOLLOWED, WILL TAKE YOU ON ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING JOURNEYS OF YOUR LIFE. A GREAT GIFT FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES. KUDOS TO THE AUTHOR.

RON AND MADELINE THOMPSON
RIDGEFIELD,CT.
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Genealogy was a complete mystery to me until I experienced Charles Bourland's new book, "Getting Started in Genealogy, or, How To Leave a Legacy and Have Fun Doing So". His "process" for investigation is outstanding and was not only highly motivational, but completely resourceful. When one inherits boxes of family records, how do you organize them? Charles Bourland's book gives you the easiest and most creative ways to start your family research. For anyone interested in discovering where they came from and all the possible connections involved, "Getting Started in Genealogy, or How To Leave a Legacy and Have Fun Doing So" is a fabulous resource.

Margaret L.Stiles Breese, Haddonfield, NJ
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My Father, born in 1885, knew and wrote about our Family back to 1781. Another relative took it back to 1685. Charles Bourland asked me to study his genealogy approaches and I said "NO, I HAVE IT ALL". But he did not stop and easily found my history back to 1510 in England. His work and approaches have opened new horizons to researching on the computer and taught what to look for in searching my own history by visiting old towns, court houses, genealogy sights, etc. I was so lucky to find Charles Bourland's work.
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I recently came across a new book by Charles Bourland entitled "Getting Started in Genealogy" and I am fascinated by the wealth of helpful information within its pages. It would be the perfect book for beginners wanting to get started in tracing their families' histories, and also people like me who have attempted this but were discouraged by too many deadends and roadblocks. The book offers many sources of information and is presented in an interesting and readable format.

S.D Gobes, Connecticut
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This book is a must for anybody interested in exploring the world of genealogy. I considered researching my family background for many years but felt overwhelmed by the task and did not know where to start. This book took the fear out of the job: it is easy to follow, clear, and full of useful resources. I highly recommend this book to all of you who, not unlike me, want to start the exciting adventure of "getting started in genealogy." Thanks, Mr. Bourland.
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