Genealogy Book reviews

June 2018 Issue of NGSQ Reviews 4 Recent GPC Books

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The just published June 2018 issue of the prestigious National Genealogical Society Quarterly features reviews of four recent Genealogical.com titles: The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. 4th Edition, by Val Greenwood; the International…
old genealogy documents

“Reasoning from Evidence,” by Thomas W. Jones, PH.D., CG, CGL, FASG

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“Genealogy Pointers” continues with its practice of excerpting sections from Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (Progen PPS), edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills. Today we have lifted the beginning pages of Chapter…
Fish and vegetable traders at the end of the 19th century Ireland

Tracing your Irish Ancestors: A Three-step Guide

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by Brian Mitchell, Derry Genealogy. Email: genealogy@derrystrabane.com Background There are 2,508 parishes in Ireland. You can identify the civil parishes of Ireland, and their associated townlands, at https://www.johngrenham.com/places/civil_index.php…
family bible for family research

Family Bibles as an Underutilized Genealogical Resource -- By Michael Hait

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(The following article originally appeared in the [Washington] Examiner.com on July 4, 2010.) Family Bibles hold a unique position among genealogical record groups. They are not official records created for use outside of the family. This…
understanding soundex code genealogy

Using Soundex, by Emily Croom

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(The following article has been excerpted from Emily Anne Croom’s classic how-to book, Unpuzzling Your Past. 4th Edition) The 1880, 1900, and 1920 federal censuses and parts of the 1910 and 1930 censuses are indexed by state using a…
Calendar of State Papers Ireland

The Calendar of State Papers Relating to Ireland, by David Dobson

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Since the medieval period many of the records of the English government have been analyzed and inventoried in collections known as "Calendars." The documents have been transcribed, abstracted, and listed in chronological order in a series of…
PLANNING YOUR SUCCESSFUL GENEALOGY RESEARCH TRIP

Planning Your Successful Research Trip

by Carolyn L. Barkley Summer is the time that genealogists take to the road in search of new sources for their family trees. Many will travel to Salt Lake City to visit the unparalleled Family History Library. Others will combine research…
A NEWSPAPER NOTICE OF A CHANCERY CASE HELPS RECONSTRUCT A FAMILY

A Newspaper Notice of a Chancery Case Helps Reconstruct a Family

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By Robert W. Barnes, F. M.G. S. One of the great things about the newspaper subscription site www.genealogybank.com is that it contains clues to your ancestors that might never occur to you. While you would expect or at least hope to find…
Guidelines for Achieving Lineage / Hereditary Society Membership

Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice, and Standards Offers Guidelines for Achieving Lineage/Hereditary Society Membership

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Many genealogists hope one day to gain membership in a hereditary or lineage society, such as the Sons of the American Revolution, or the 17th Century Colonial Dames of America. For these individuals, one of the many virtues of the new book,…
How to use Court Records Genealogy

RESEARCH TIPS FOR USING COURT RECORDS

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Research Tips for Using Court Records -- From 4th Edition of: The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy For this issue of “Genealogy Pointers” we are highlighting some good advice on how to utilize court records,  from Val Greenwood.…