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This book can help you uncover the secrets & adventures of your own family in the personal detective story that is genealogy. The book presents an easy-to-follow approach to the fascinating hobby of genealogy. Each chapter begins with an anecdote, enticing young readers with what they might find hidden in their ancestors pasts. All varieties of families are represented here -- extended, adoptive, & blended, from every race & culture -- with emphasis on the unique role that each has played in the founding & development of the U.S. From lists of helpful organizations to suggested interview questions, state-of-the-art computer programs to Web sites, this guide will help children become family historians. Illustrations.
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Maureen Taylor has been the director of Library User Services at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, a reference librarian, a historical researcher and speaker, a film archivist, and a genealogical consultant. She holds undergraduate and master's degrees in history from Rhode Island College. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-8-Readers are told how to access a variety of resources including vital reords, cemetery records, land records, citizenship papers, passenger lists, church records, newspapers, city directories, military records, Web sites, and genealogical libraries. The suggestions for potential sources are interspersed with anecdotes and quotes from people who have studied their family roots. The format has been designed with young people in mind-a large font size, white space, and a historical photograph or reproduction on most two-page spreads. However, the process of genealogical research is often complex and it is unlikely that children will be able to do most of the research outlined in this book independently. Motivated young researchers with adult help will find the book a good starting place.
Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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