Uses, Value and Limitations of Census Research

“The Researcher’s Guide” Explains Uses, Value and Limitations of Census Research

As we have noted on a number of occasions, Val D. Greenwood’s Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy discusses and explains in detail all the major sources for genealogy research in the U.S. The volume devotes two chapters to census records that explain the contents of and differences between the official U.S. censuses 1790-1940, colonial censuses,[…]Read more

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Handling Secrets & Sensitivities When Writing Family Histories,

Handling Secrets & Sensitivities When Writing Family Histories, By Michael J. Leclerc, CG

(Excerpted from Michael J. Leclerc, “Crafting Family Histories,” Elizabeth Shown Mills, ed.,Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2018), 519–44.) Writing family histories is one of the most meaningful ways we can communicate the results of our research to our family members and even ourselves. Our projects can be large or small.[…]Read more

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Citing Titles: Basic Rules

“Citing Titles: Basic Rules,” by Elizabeth Shown Mills

[Excerpted from Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 3d ed. rev. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2017), pp. 52–53, §2.22–2.23.] “Six basic rules govern our citation of titles, regardless of the type of record or publication we are using: 1) BOOK, CD, DVD, JOURNAL, MAP, WEBSITE, ETC. For published stand-alone[…]Read more

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Early Spanish Handwriting Book a Must for 16th-early 19th-Century Records

Early Spanish Handwriting Book a Must for 16th-early 19th-Century Records

According to the Pew Research Center, “The U.S. Hispanic population reached 62.1 million in 2020, accounting for 19% of all Americans and making it the nation’s second largest racial or ethnic group, behind White Americans and ahead of Black Americans, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It is also one of the fastest growing groups in[…]Read more

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Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors Introduces Genealogists to Vast Array of Sources!

Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors Introduces Genealogists to Vast Array of Sources!

William J. Roulston’s incomparable Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors is a comprehensive, 600-page guide to the vast collection of sources that can help researchers trace their Scots-Irish forebears from the United States to their origins in Ireland. Here are three samples taken from different sections of the work illustrating just a few of the many sources therein.[…]Read more

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How to Make Greater Use of Library Resources

GENERATION BY GENERATION Teaches Genealogists How to Make Greater Use of Library Resources

As we have noted previously Drew Smith, the author of our new how-to book Generation by Generation, is a highly trained librarian as well as an accomplished genealogist. Readers of his book are destined to learn about the wealth of sources that could lead them to hard-to-find ancestors by utilizing library and archival sources. To[…]Read more

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Groundbreaking Book for Genealogists with Hispanic Roots

Groundbreaking Book for Genealogists with Hispanic Roots

English-speaking researchers and historians working with a Spanish-language document face two hurdles—understanding the handwriting and vocabulary, and grasping the record’s institutional, historic, social, and cultural context.  This book’s unique and detailed content fills both needs.  With images, charts, transcribed documents and in-depth commentary, Mastering Spanish Handwriting and Documents: 1520-1820 addresses fundamental handwriting concepts and challenges[…]Read more

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The Royal Descents of 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies

RD 900 Second Edition Invites Your Participation

The Royal Descents of 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies, Quebec or the United States. Second Edition, by Gary Boyd Roberts is remarkable in a number of ways.  Obviously, it documents nearly 1,000 lines of North Americans who can claim royal ancestors—more than any other publication. The Introduction to this new three-volume edition is nearly[…]Read more

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Philadelphia, USA - May 29, 2018: Irish Memorial at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Philadelphia: The Irish Gateway to America, by Brian Mitchell

Between 1717 and the beginning of the War of American Independence in 1776, 250,000 Scots-Irish, often referred to as Ulster-Scots in Ireland (i.e. Protestant settlers in the nine counties of the Province of Ulster) left Ulster, through the ports of Belfast, Londonderry, Newry, Larne and Portrush, for North America. The Scots-Irish tended to enter North[…]Read more

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Generation by Generation - Not Just for Beginners

Generation by Generation Not Just for Beginners

Last week we introduced our new genealogy beginner’s book, Generation by Generation: A Modern Approach to the Basics of Genealogy, by Drew Smith. Generation by Generation is divided into two parts. Part I of Drew’s book (“For All Generations-Preparing to Research”) discusses family relationships, naming practices,  genealogy software, existing research, and DNA testing. Part II[…]Read more

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