Another Free Genealogy Book

Today's free genealogy resource comes courtesy of one of the people I follow on Twitter, @lineagekeeper. It is The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy, 3rd Edition by Val D Greenwood.

If you're not familiar with the book or haven't read the most recent version, you will want to check it out. The book is broken into two parts with an index and a list of illustrations and charts.

Part one is Background to research. It includes has ten chapters
  • Understanding Genealogy Research 
  • Familiar Record Practices: Problems and Terminology 
  • Analyzing the Pedigree and Place 
  • Evaluation of Evidence 
  • Introduction to Research Tools: Libraries 
  • Introduction to Research Tools: Reference Material 
  • Organizing and Evaluating Research Findings 
  • Successful Correspondence
  • Computers in Genealogy
  • Family History: Going Beyond Genealogy
The second part covers records you may encounter and how to use them. This part has 17 chapters
  • Compiled Sources and Newspapers
  • Vital Records
  • Census Returns
  • Using Census Returns
  • Understanding Probate Records and Basic Legal Terminology
  • What About Wills?
  • The Intestate - Miscellaneous Probate Records - Guardianships
  • Government Land: Colonial and American
  • Local Land Records
  • Abstracting Wills and Deeds
  • Court Records
  • Property Rights of Women as a Consideration
  • Church Records
  • American Aids to Finding the Home of the Immigrant Ancestor
  • Military Records: Colonial Wars and the American Revolution
  • Military Records: After the Revolution
  • Cemetery and Burial Records
 Whether you are looking for information on a particular research area or just want to get an all-over education into genealogy research, this is definitely a free genealogy resource you don't want to skip.


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