The Sleuth Book for Genealogists

Strategies for More Successful Family History Research


Author: Croom, Emily Anne
Publication Date: 2000
Reprint Date: 2008
Pages: 290 pp.


What do you do when you hit the proverbial brick wall? Try gleaning advice from literary sleuths like Miss Marple,
Sherlock Holmes, and Hercule Poirot. That’s what expert genealogist Emily Croom helps you do in The Sleuth
Book for Genealogists
, which blends literary methods of deduction with genealogical expertise.

Using the sleuths’ acknowledged expertise in the deduction arts, The Sleuth Book will invigorate your genealogical
research, helping you to

  • Determine your research goal
  • Organize what you know
  • Practice “cluster genealogy” research
  • Document your research
  • Decide whether you’ve answered your research

Case studies and research examples throughout the
book—including case studies of an Illinois Civil War
Veteran, a former Mississippi slave, and a Tennessee
farm wife, among others—illustrate genealogical sleuths
in action, taking you step by step through the process of
solving frustrating research problems. Appendixes include
an introduction to genealogy fundamentals and a practical,
detailed guide to citing your sources.

“A must read and use book. The Sleuth Book for Genealogists will not only keep you entertained while you’re learning how to break through those stubborn brick walls, but it will also give you practical advice that really works”–Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, CG, author of You Can Write Your Family History.


Emily Anne Croom, a native
Houstonian, taught high
school history and worked in
church music before concentrating
full-time on genealogy—
researching, writing,
speaking, and teaching. Her
other books are Unpuzzling
Your Past
, The Unpuzzling
Your Past Workbook
, The
Genealogist’s Companion
& Sourcebook
, and, with
Franklin Carter Smith, A Genealogist’s
Guide to Discovering
Your African-American

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