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The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy, Third Edition

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The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy
Third Edition
By Val D. Greenwood

The Researcher's Guide instructs you in the timeless principles of genealogical research, identifies the various classes of records, groups them in convenient tables and charts, gives their location, explains their uses, and evaluates each of them in the context of the research process.

If you can afford to buy only one book on American genealogy in a lifetime, this has to be it.

Format: Paperback Book
Size: 6 x 9 in.
Pages: 676 pp.
New 3rd Edition


Section I:

Beginning with the background of what "research" actually means, specialized terminology, basic principles, library fundamentals, and much more—Greenwood teaches you, with great clarity and many examples, how to identify what information you need, how to go about locating it, and how to organize it once you've found it.

Section II:

The second, much larger part of the book, leads you through the use, analysis, and interpretation of all the major sorts of documents and records including:

Compiled Sources
Vital and Census Records
Wills and Probate Records
Local and Federal Land Records
Civil and Criminal Court Records
Church Records
Military Records
Immigration Records
Cemetery and Burial Records

Greenwood also clears up common misconceptions about court records, points out the limitations of the census, and presents a largely rewritten discussion of the standards of evidence.

Section III:
This edition includes an entirely new and rather lengthy chapter on the appropriate use of the computer in genealogical research and also on its built-in limitations, a new chapter on the property rights of women, a revised chapter on the evaluation of genealogical evidence, and updated information on the 1920 census.

This 3rd edition of The Researcher's Guide is a clear, comprehensive, and up-to-date account of the methods and aims of American genealogy—an essential text for the present generation of researchers—and no sound genealogical project is complete without it.