RESEARCHER’S GUIDE TO AMERICAN GENEALOGY EARNS PLAUDITS OF MAJOR LIBRARY PERIODICALS

Immigrant Family Viewing New York City from Ellis Island

We were recently pleased to receive complimentary reviews of the new 4th edition of The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy from the two leading library periodicals in the U.S.– Library Journal and Booklist. 

Library Journal, March 15, 2018

Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. Genealogical. 4th ed. 2017. 796p. index. ISBN 9780806320663. pap. $49.95. REF

The fourth edition of Greenwood’s (How Often Would I Have Gathered You) exhaustive guide covers technological innovations in genealogical research since the publication of the third edition in 2000. The book addresses web terminology, search strategies, and DNA testing services and discusses at length features of major family history websites (free as well as subscription-based). Traditional sources of genealogical information including vital records, census schedules, wills, deeds, and church and military records are explored thoroughly in separate chapters that explain not only their historical creation and use but also the type of material that can be extracted from such records and how they can be obtained. Greenwood also provides examples of records, titles of published indexes or guides to particular record types, and definitions of terminology, a feature particularly helpful in the case of probate records. Chapters examining standards of evidence in genealogy and the necessity of conducting preliminary surveys of previous research efforts should help ensure the accuracy and integrity of readers’ own findings. VERDICT This essential resource for American genealogical research will prove helpful to family historians at any stage of their work.—Sara Shreve, Newton, KS

Booklist (AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION), March 15, 2018

The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy.

Greenwood, Val D. (Author)

Nov 2017. 778 p. Genealogical, paperback, $49.95. (9780806320663). 929.1.

Greenwood’s fourth edition of a standard work for genealogists, students, historians, and family researchers adheres to the principles of scrutinizing records and databases for the stories of individual Americans. A comprehensive coverage of common and more obscure resources, such as historical societies, Mormon databases, and naturalization records, Greenwood’s text sets the researcher on the easiest path to compiling data and proposes techniques for determining reliable details of ancestry, including military service. Tutorial information guides the beginner on technique and means of filling gaps in a clan line, especially the arrival of immigrants. Recent information on DNA and use of the internet highlights ways of evaluating statistics and cemetery charts for accuracy and legibility. Practical examples of legal documents, census charts, and bills of sale enhance the basics of birth, residencies, and death with additional information on former slaves . . . . A valuable, reasonably priced tool for large public and college libraries.

— Mary Ellen Snodgrass

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