There are many beginning genealogy books available today. So which ones are the best? That all depends on what you are looking for. I received a review copy of Janice Schultz’s Finding Your Roots and would like to share my thoughts about the book.
The book is laid out similarly to other beginning genealogy books. There are chapters on Getting Started; First Steps; Federal, State, and Local Government Records; Military, Church, and Cemetery Records; Printed and Internet Sources; Immigration, Foreign, Native American and African American Research; and a Putting it all Together chapter.
One thing I really like about this book is Janice breaks things down into manageable pieces and she gives you an Assignment or a Genealogy: Twenty Minutes A Day assignment. She provides specific tasks to help you begin the research, look for records, and find resources without feeling overwhelmed. The book contains a lot of online and offline resources, tips, and suggestions on where to get help. There are greyed in boxes on about every other page that contain a bibliography of books or a list of websites related to the topic being discussed. Valuable information! The book also contains many examples of records and what you can find on each. This is very helpful to new researchers and even experienced ones who have not encountered certain records.
If you are new to research or just need a refresher, pick up Finding Your Roots and take a peek. I think everyone who reads this book will learn something new.
If you are in the Chicago area, my copy will be donated to the Casa Italia Genealogy Department. You can stop by our library to take a peek.
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