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41 Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office: Preliminary Inventory No. 17
Lucille H. Pendell and Elizabeth Bethel
paper, 8.5x11", 156 pages

Price: 18.00 USD



42 Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History
Mark Herber
873 pages, Genealogical Publishing Company
"The Bible of British genealogy" is a complete guide to British genealogy and family history. Includes more than 90 examples of major types of records and detailed lists of further reading. This is the second edition of the book that has been called the Bible of British genealogy. Originally published in 1997 in association with the Society of Genealogists (London), and now revised and updated to reflect the latest developments in the field, Ancestral Trails enables the researcher to form a coherent picture of past generations by describing virtually every class of record in every repository and library in Britain. As the subtitle says, it is the complete guide to British genealogy and family history. To begin with, the book guides the researcher through the voluminous British archives and provides a detailed view of the records and published sources available, analyzing each record and guiding the searcher to finding-aids and indexes. The early chapters help beginners take their first steps by dealing with such matters as obtaining information from living relatives, drawing family trees, and starting research in the records of birth, marriage, and death, or in census records. Later chapters guide researchers to the records that are more difficult to find and use, such as wills, parish records, civil and ecclesiastical court records, poll books, and property records. So the book is ideal for the beginner and the experienced researcher alike, and will enable those who are persistent enough to trace their ancestry back to the Middle Ages. One of the aims of the book—entirely unique to it—is to link sources together to ensure that researchers can use material found in one source to assist a search in other sources. Another aim, somewhat more modest but equally essential, is to bring the reader up-to-date with the many important changes that have recently taken place in British genealogy. Writing in the Foreword to the new edition, John Titford remarks that “a book like this doesn’t maintain its pre-eminence in the field by resting on its laurels. The subject with which it deals has become more of a moving target in recent years that it ever was before, and the author’s sure aim and steady hand have been much in evidence as he has meticulously updated and expanded his original work. An increasing amount of material of relevance to family historians is being made available in print, on microform, on CD-ROM, and on the Internet; fresh finding aids appear and older ones become redundant; record repositories, libraries, family history societies and other interest groups appear afresh on the scene. . . . None of this has escaped the notice of the author of Ancestral Trails, and this welcome new edition, to which the phrase ‘bigger and Better’ hardly does justice, is testimony to the continuing careful attention to detail which characterised the first edition. The scope of Herber’s work is so thorough that it’s worth listing the table of contents, where chapter headings alone tell the tale: An introduction to genealogical research; Personal recollections and memorabilia; Organization of your research material; Problems encountered by researchers; Civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths; Census returns; Parish registers; Churchyards and cemeteries; Directories; Combining sources of information; Archives, libraries, and family history societies; Wills and administrations; Catholic, Non-Conformist, and Jewish records; Marriage and divorce; Maps, land registration, and property records; Local and social history; Newspapers and elections; Parish and town records; Education; Records of the Army, Royal Marines, and Royal Air Force; Records of shipping and seamen; Records of trades, professions, and business; Oaths, taxation, and insurance records; Records of the civil and ecclesiastical courts; Records of the criminal courts and criminals; Peerages, the gentry, famous people, and heraldry; Tracing migrants and living relatives; Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Channel Islands; Immigration, emigration, and investigation abroad; National Archives’ information leaflets; County record offices and other archives; Wills and administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury; Web sites for family historians. No other publication gives such comprehensive and up-to-date guidance on tracing British ancestry and researching family history. Illustrated throughout with more than ninety examples of the major record types, and with detailed lists of further reading, Ancestral Trails will be the essential companion and guide for all family historians.— Anthony Camp, former Director, Society of Genealogists
Price: 54.50 USD



43 American Passenger Arrival Records : A Guide to the Records of Immigrants Arriving at American Ports by Sail and Steam, updated and enlarged
Michael Tepper
142 pages, Genealogical Publishing Company
Millions of people made their way to America in the most determined and sustained migration the world has ever known. Initially they left traces of their immigration in scattered records and documents. Later their arrival here was documented so minutely that the records resulting are among the largest, the most continuous and the most uniform in the nation's archives. These passenger arrival records identify by name, place of origin, and other particulars the vast majority of persons who participated in the great Atlantic migration. This work examines the records in their historical and legal framework, and it explains what they contain, where they can be found, and how they can be used. In effect, it is a road map through the mass of records and archival resources documenting immigrant arrivals from the time of the earliest settlements to the passage of the Quota Acts three centuries later. This new edition features expanded coverage of colonial emigration records, finding aids and reference materials, National Archives microfilm programs and publications, current projects and new developments in immigration research, and more.
Price: 14.95 USD

What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms, Old and New, Paul Drake

44 What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms, Old and New
Paul Drake
(2000), 2007, 6x9, cloth, 348 pp, Heritage Books
The family historian must seek out the records of the merchants, courts, legislators, and churches, as well as the everyday expressions of the common men and women, all the while striving to remain aware that just as we have created words like television, computer, microwave oven, automobile, space station, gigabyte, and airplane, and set aside words as ticking and icebox, stadle, and squabpie, our ancestors had to do the same. They made up the likes of telegraph, railroad, and telescope, and assimilated German words like hex, sauerkraut, fresh, hoodlum, and kindergarten; Spanish words such as barbeque, chocolate, and tornado; French sounds like bayou, levee, depot, and chowder; and Indian words such as hickory, pecan, hominy, moccasin, and raccoon. Though they invented the likes of popcorn, sweet potato, eggplant, bullfrog, and backwoodsman, they left behind them terms no longer needed in their daily lives. Gone were the likes of moxa (Indian moss burned on an area of the body, thought to cure gout), hautboy (oboe), gruntling (young hog), muchwhat (nearly), revelrout (a ruckus), and, from most regions of the U.S., the long “a” sounds of old England (fahst for fast, dahnce for dance, and hoff, meaning half.) In addition to terminology, such as the names of the many courts and legal processes, this collection of more than 4500 words includes many occupations, descriptions of early furniture and foods, common medical terms and herbal remedies, and many all but forgotten expressions. The words found here are seen at every turn of research; in court documents (especially inventories of estates, court entries, and lawsuits), church records, books, newspapers, letters, and songs. Mr. Drake, retired lawyer and teacher, and veteran genealogist, writes with a pleasing style that is entertaining and educational. He is the author of the popular guide, Genealogy: How to Find Your Ancestors, and You Ought to Write All That Down.
Price: 36.00 USD



45 CD: United States Official Postal Guide, July 1917
The Post Office Department
(1917), 2005, CD,Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat, v6, PC and Mac, 720 pp, Heritage Books
This guide allows the reader a glimpse into the early organization of the department and gives instructions as to corresponding with the department at that time as well as rulings and other information on Postal subjects. Also included are the lists of Post Offices by state, by county within each state and an alphabetical list. Lists also include first, second and third classes of Post Offices, Post Offices discontinued during the last three years, military commands and posts, National homes for disabled volunteer soldiers, National cemeteries, Navy yards and stations, Naval radio shore stations, and Marine Corp barracks and stations. Finally this volume includes the latest changes in Post Offices from June 1 to July 1, 1917. A place and subject index allows easy access to all information.
Price: 19.95 USD

Preserving Your Family's Oral History and Stories, Thomas MacEntee

46 Preserving Your Family's Oral History and Stories
Thomas MacEntee
paperback, 36 pages, colour photos, websites
Many of us got our start in tracing and preserving our family history based on a story, perhaps one you heard as a child. Do you remember how engaging that story was? Was it the story itself or how the storyteller presented the information? Whatever the reasons, the story had an impact and if not preserved on paper or in an audio recording, that story is somehow preserved in your mind.

Fast forward to the 21st century and it seems that 'what's old is new again' with storytelling one of the hot buzz words. The fact is that oral history and storytelling involves family, and ancestry has been around ever since humans walked the earth. Before writing forms existed and even as recently as the early 20th century with a lack of vital records, family history was preserved as oral history.

'Preserving Your Family's Oral History and Stories' provides you with all the information on the latest methods and tools used to capture and preserve those family stories. In addition, once you've learned how easy it is to build a family archive of stories, you'll want to share them with others using the tips and tricks provided in this book.

What is 'oral history' and why is it important to families?
Getting started: a checklist for family oral history preservation
- Communication and scheduling
- Recording devices and platforms
- Interview questions and prompts
- Sharing questions and prompts
- Follow up materials
A review of oral history recording tools
- Audio
- Video
- Writing
- Other
Interviewing family members
- Tips and tricks for interviewing family members
- Interview ideas from an expert: Kim Weitkamp
- Sample interview questions
Organising and producing your family's story
- Take inventory of your content
- Create a project and task list
- Modularise the story via story boarding
- Use a timeline
- Keeping things organised and accessible
Incorporating existing content
- Converting old home movies, audio recordings, slides and video
- Photos and images can tell stories too!
- Add in the uncommon and unexpected
- Remember to use platforms that offer options
Modern methods for oral history preservation and sharing
- Digital storytelling platforms (Saving Memories Forever, Treelines)
- Blogs and websites (Blogger, WordPress, Weebly)
- Self-Published books (Lulu, Stories To Tell books)
- Video (reel Genie)
- Get Creative! (Heritage Cookbooks, Photo books, DIY gifts)
Privacy issues: oral history and family stories
- Published or private
- Document the process
- Tips on preserving stories and protecting privacy
Ensuring your family's legacy
- Data backup basics
- Future proofing your data
- Keep the legacy train moving forward
- Tips and tricks for oral history preservation
On being the family story keeper
- Technology and story keeping
- Family storytelling: a journey of discovery
- The time is now
Resource list
- Getting started: a checklist for family oral history preservation
- A review of oral history recording tools
- Interviewing family members
- Organising and producing your family's story
- Incorporating existing content
- Modern methods for oral history preservation and sharing
- Privacy issues, oral history and family stories
- Ensuring your family's legacy

Price: 14.00 USD

Mastering Genealogy Proof, Thomas W. Jones

47 Mastering Genealogy Proof
Thomas W. Jones

As a unique textbook on genealogical methods and reasoning in the twentyfirst century, Mastering Genealogical Proof guides readers in acquiring genealogical skills transcending chronological, ethnic, geopolitical, and religious boundaries.

Mastering Genealogical Proof aims to help researchers, students, and new family historians reconstruct relationships and lives of people they cannot see. It presents content in digestible chunks. Each chapter concludes with problems providing practice for proficiently applying the chapter’s concepts. Those problems, like examples throughout the book, use real records, real research, and real issues. Answers are at the back of the book along with a glossary of technical terms and an extensive resource list.

Chapter 1 - Genealogy’s Standard of Proof
Chapter 2 - Concepts Fundamental to the GPS
Chapter 3 - GPS Element 1: Thorough Research
Chapter 4 GPS Element 2: Source Citations
Chapter 5 GPS Element 3: Analysis and Correlation
Chapter 6 GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence
Chapter 7 GPS Element 5: The Written Conclusion
Chapter 8 - Using the GPS
Chapter 9 - Conclusion
Appendix A - Pritchett Article
Appendix B - McLain Article
Reading and Source List
Answers to exercises

Thomas W. Jones, who has pursued his family history since he was fifteen, is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator.
Price: 24.95 USD

The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy, Third Edition, Val D. Greenwood

48 The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy, Third Edition
Val D. Greenwood
676 pages, 6 x 9, paper, 6 x 9, 676 pages, 2000, 2005, hardback, Genealogical Publishing Company
"Recommended as the most comprehensive how-to book on American genealogical and local history research."--Library Journal

In every field of study there is one book that rises above the rest in stature and authority and becomes the standard work in the field. In genealogy that book is Val Greenwood's Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy.

Arguably the best book ever written on American genealogy, it is the text of choice in colleges and universities or wherever courses in American genealogy are taught. Of the dozens of textbooks, manuals, and how-to books that have appeared over the past twenty-five years, it is the one book that is consistently praised for setting a standard of excellence.

In a word, The Researcher's Guide has become a classic. While it instructs the researcher in the timeless principles of genealogical research, it also identifies the various classes of records employed in that research, groups them in convenient tables and charts, gives their location, explains their uses, and evaluates each of them in the context of the research process. Designed to answer practically all the researcher's needs, it is both a textbook and an all-purpose reference book. And it is this singular combination that makes The Researcher's Guide the book of choice in any genealogical investigation. It is also the reason why if you can afford to buy only one book on American genealogy in a lifetime, this has to be it.

This new 3rd edition incorporates the latest thinking on genealogy and computers, specifically the relationship between computer technology (the Internet and CD-ROM) and the timeless principles of good genealogical research. It also includes a new chapter on the property rights of women, a revised chapter on the evaluation of genealogical evidence, and updated information on the 1920 census. Little else has changed, or needs to be changed, because the basics of genealogy remain timeless and immutable. This 3rd edition of The Researcher's Guide, then, is a clear, comprehensive, and up-to-date account of the methods and aims of American genealogy--an essential text for the present generation of researchers--and no sound genealogical project is complete without it.

"Greenwood's guide has long been regarded as the best of its kind, a text and reference work for anyone who is doing American genealogical research beyond the beginner's level...Purchase of Greenwood's guide is recommended to any serious genealogist, and every genealogical library should have this latest edition on its shelves."--THE NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD (July 2000), p. 229.

"...this work is still the single best reference and text for the serious beginning genealogist."--AMERICAN REFERENCE BOOKS ANNUAL (1991).

"Greenwood's book is easy to read and covers a broad enough spectrum of resources that readers are equipped to get started with a minimum investment of study time. For those who want to learn how to build pedigrees and reconstruct family groups, tying them from one generation to the next, this book is an excellent guide...This book also has value to other researchers. Historians, demographers, and sociologists studying people in the past will find that this book will provide important guidance in assessing which records will provide the facts needed. Government document librarians will appreciate having this book to refer to in answering questions about censuses and other sources created by national and state government. It is still one of the best guidebooks on genealogical research available. It is an important title to include in collections of libraries with patrons interested in genealogical research."--GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS REVIEW, Vol. 18 (1991).

"Seventeen years ago this Reviewer wrote: 'It is impossible to recommend this book too highly. It is indispensable for anyone interested in genealogical research.' The verdict stands."--THE VIRGINIA GENEALOGIST, Vol. 34, No. 3 (July-September 1990).

"...this modestly priced classic remains the outstanding text on American genealogy. It belongs in every library whose patrons explore genealogy."--LIBRARY JOURNAL (April 1, 1990).
Price: 39.95 USD

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