New Book: Guide to is difficult in two ways. The search mechanism is complex, for one thing. This is well done, making the searching powerful while hiding the complexity unless the user asks to see it. But the second difficulty is the number of databases it contains. Once you get past the safe harbor of the U.S. censuses you find a vast ocean that can be hard to navigate. There may be answers to questions you never thought to ask!

Nancy Hendrickson’s “Unofficial Guide to” helps with both of these problems, especially the second. Perhaps that’s why it’s currently the #1 bestseller in Genealogy on Amazon. Our club library now has a copy. It’s shelved in Research.

The fifteen chapters of the book are:

  1. Getting Started with
  2. Family Trees on
  3. Search Basics
  4. The Card Catalog
  5. Working with Census Records & Voter Lists
  6. Birth, Marriage and Death Records
  7. Military Records
  8. Immigration & Travel Collection
  9. Newspapers, Publications and Maps
  10. Stories, Memories and Histories
  11. Pictures
  12. Schools, Directories & Church Histories
  13. Tax, Criminal, Land & Wills Collection
  14. DNA and
  15. Collaborating with other users
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