Provides a guided tour of online resources and communities to help anyone begin or delve deeper into a family history project. Thoroughly revised, this new edition shows you how Web 2.0 tools can help you get more done in less time. Older editions are also available as eBooks.
This extensive and Internet-savvy resource offers winning techniques for tracing one's family tree. Exhaustive and immediately useful, the book delivers critical tools and proven techniques for undertaking research with results.
A national listing of more than 25,000 libraries, archives, genealogical societies, historical societies, government agencies, vital records offices, professional bodies, religious organizations and archives, surname registries, research centers, special interest groups, periodicals, newspaper columns, publishers, booksellers, services, databases, and much, much more.
You will learn how to overcome the biggest obstacles in the search for your ancestors, including using the Internet to access faraway resources and deciding where to go next when online options are exhausted.
One of the strongest motivators for American immigration was land. It's no surprise then that land records -- including deeds, grants, mortgages, wills, and more -- comprise some of the most common, reliable documents available to genealogists and family historians.
"Although the search for African American ancestry prior to the Civil War is challenging, the difficulties are not always insurmountable. Finding Your African American Ancestors takes you through your ancestors' transition from slavery to freedom, and helps you find them using the federal census, plantation records, and other helpful sources. The book also considers ways to locate runaway slave advertisements, to identify an ancestor's military regiment, and to access the valuable information from The Freedman's Savings and Trust records."
"Millions of people made their way to America in the most determined and sustained migration the world has ever known. Initially they left traces of their immigration in scattered records and documents. Later their arrival here was documented so minutely that the records resulting are among the largest, the most continuous and the most uniform in the nation's archives. These passenger arrival records identify by name, place of origin, and other particulars the vast majority of persons who participated in the great Atlantic migration. This work examines the records in their historical and legal framework, and it explains what they contain, where they can be found, and how they can be used.
"In effect, it is a road map through the mass of records and archival resources documenting immigrant arrivals from the time of the earliest settlements to the passage of the Quota Acts three centuries later. This new edition features expanded coverage of colonial emigration records, finding aids and reference materials, National Archives microfilm programs and publications, current projects and new developments in immigration research, and more."
"This first-ever guide reveals special strategies for overcoming the unique challenges of tracing female genealogy. Readers will be able to uncover historical facts, personal accounts and recorded events to form an intriguing narrative biography of the women in their ancestries."