The Family Tree Problem Solver

The Family Tree Problem Solver

Tried and True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors

eBook - 2011
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Proven Solutions for Your Research ChallengesHas your family history research hit a brick wall? Marsha Hoffman Rising's best-selling book The Family Tree Problem Solver has the solutions to help you find the answers you seek.Inside you'll find:Ideas on how to find vital records before civil registrationTips for finding ''missing'' ancestors on censusesInstructions for investigating collateral kin to further your pedigreeA look at advanced court records and how they can help you find answersWork-arounds for lost or destroyed recordsTechniques for correctly identifying and researching ancestors with common namesMethods for finding ancestors who lived before 1850Case studies that show how to apply the author's advice to real-life research roadblocksStrategies for analyzing your problem and creating a successful research planThis revised edition also includes new information about online...
Publisher: 2011
ISBN: 9781440311956

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JCLJoyceM Apr 04, 2018

The book may overwhelm beginning genealogists, but Chapter 10 could help newbies avoid pitfalls. That chapter, “Ten Mistakes Not to Make in Your Family Research,” is a worthwhile read for everyone because we often develop blind spots in our thinking.
Chapter 11, “Analysis of Evidence,” discusses what to consider when sources conflict each other. Several quizzes in this chapter help researchers understand which records are more reliable. “Collecting names and records without analyzing, thinking and evaluating them is like buying eggs at the store and expecting chickens.”

Very USA centric but some tricks for finding an elusive ancestor including the first step – analysing the problem and planning a strategy for success. Not a good book for the beginner Australian researcher as the American examples (eg. References to census and courthouse and land records) will be frustrating without having an understanding of the equivalent or similar Australian resources.
Some useful information at the back of the book include DNA testing, glossary of terms and blank charts and forms which can be copied.


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