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BOOK - Using Maps in Family History Research, Revised and Updated
By Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2005
his book provides insights into the use of maps for genealogical and historical research. The visual representation of the land and communities on a map can offer evidence in its own right. It is the task of the researcher to carefully evaluate every piece of the puzzle in order to identify and understand individuals, families, migration routes, and even settlement patterns. Examples used include Canada, USA, UK, world. Every family historian can benefit from this valuable booklet.
ISBN 1-894378-85-1 More information
BOOK - Digital Imaging Essentials: Techniques and Tips for Genealogists and Family Historians
By Geoff Rasmussen
Published by Geoff Rasmussen, El Mirage AZ, 2012
Genealogists use digital imaging technology every day. But what they do not know about it can harm their digital treasures. They have needed a comprehensive, easy-to-read guide, full of illustrated step-by-step instructions to learn how to digitize, organize, preserve, share, and backup their digital collections. Your wait is over. From the very first page you will notice that this book is much more than a boring instructional manual - it is full of real-life examples that not only teach you the right buttons to push, but it thoroughly explains how to get the most of your digital imaging experience. AND this book is written specifically for genealogists!
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BOOK - Genealogical Standards of Evidence, A Guide for Family Historians
By Brenda Dougall Merriman
Genealogy and family history revolve around issues of identification. Genealogical evidence is the information — analyzed and evaluated — that allows us to identify an individual, and event in his or her life or the relationship between individuals. In describing how we establish or argue points of identification through the use of various sources and information, we often hear or use such words as “evidence” or “proof” or “documentation.” This book will tell you about how the genealogical community developed standards of evidence and documentation, what those standards are and how you can apply them to your own work.
ISBN 978-1-55488-451-3(softcover) More information
BOOK - Evidence Explained, Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace - Second Edition
By Elizabeth Shown Mills
Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 2010
There are no historical resources we can trust at face value. Records simply offer evidence, and their assertions may or may not be true. To decide what actually happened, we must understand those records. To analyze that evidence and judge what to believe, we also need particular facts about those records. This reference book is the definitive guide to assist researchers in accurately citing and evaluating sources.
BOOK - How Do I Prove It?
By Dr. P. Christensen
Published by National Institute of Genealogical Studies, Toronto, 2000
Are you picking your ancestors out of a hat? Or have you really proved each linkage. This practical manual for family historians and genealogists demystifies the requirements necessary for establishing a pedigree.More information
RESEARCHERS' AID: Organize it - Systematic, Safe, Accessible. Organization Tips for Genealogists
By Jane L. Down
Published by Jane L. Down, Ottawa, 2012
It can be more challenging to organize and safely store paper records, photographs, digital records and artifacts than it is to obtain them in the first place. Jane Down shares valuable tips on document and keepsake organization and preservation in this handy 4 page laminated quick reference guide for genealogists. A complete list of included topics can be found in More Information
QUICKSHEET - Citing Online Historical Resources Evidence! Style. First Revised Edition
By Elizabeth Shown Mills. First Revised Edition with updated sample citations and style changes. Elizabeth Mills's QuickSheet provides a template for citing historical sources on the Internet. It also lays down rules to help you judge the reliability of these sources. Published in the form of a laminated folder, the QuickSheet contains a series of sample citations showing the correct way to identify online sources such as databases, census images, and digital books and articles.
BOOK - Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More, 2nd edition
Edited by Michael J. Lecler and Henry B. Hoff
Published by New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 2006
Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century seeks to clarify, simplify, and demystify the art of writing for a broad range of publications that address genealogical audiences. Throughout the guide you will find practical advice. Whether you need succinct guidance on general writing styles such as abbreviations, names, dates, alternate spellings, quotations, and punctuation, or advice specific to the style of a specific publication, this book presents the facts in a clear, concise manner. If you plan to write a genealogy or family history book, magazine articles, or online content for genealogy, this book is a must!
ISBN 9780880821995 (Softcover) More information
BOOK - Dictionary of Medical & Related Terms for the Family Historian
By Joan E Grundy
Published by Federation of Family History Societies, London, 2006
Joan Grundy's dictionary is designed to help fellow family historians to understand medical terms that appear in parish registers, on death certificates, and other 18th and 19th century sources. She has forty years' experience as a midwife and practice nurse. During thirty of these years, she has researched her own family history and has been involved with several family history societies. The medical terms defined here are appropriate for most places in the English speaking world, and especially useful for events recorded in countries which were influenced by British medical practise including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
ISBN 0-9553450-0-6 (Softcover) More information
BOOK - Publish Your Family History, Preserving Your Heritage in a Book
By Susan Yates and Greg Ioannou
Many people want to write a family history, but few ever take on the job of publishing one. If you've done the research, and you want to make a book from it, then Publish Your Family History is for you. It will tell you all the fundamentals of book production, together with the important details that distinguish a home-published book from a homemade one. Even if time is at a premium, you're not comfortable with computer technology, or the budget is tight, you'll learn how to publish a professional-looking family history of your own!
ISBN 9781554887279 More Information
BOOK - Fashionable Folks Hairstyles 1840-1900
By Maureen A. Taylor
Using the clues from Maureen Taylor, you can learn a surprising amount about your ancestors by studying their portraits. How they wore their locks for the photographer — whether straight or curled, clean shaven or fringed, oiled or bewigged — will tell you a lot about them. Maureen Taylor’s tips for “reading” the clues of clothing and hairstyles will help you discover when those pictures were taken, how old the subjects were at the time, and how wealthy they were. Hairstyles can even tell us a great deal about their personalities: Were they conservative or up on the latest trends? Who were their heroes and role models? What was their relationship to each other. This book is particularly useful to genealogists, social and personal historians, costume designers and hairstylists.
ISBN 1-553065719 More Information
BOOK - International Vital Records Handbook. 5th Edition (2009)
By: Thomas Jay Kemp. This tome includes information and forms for the United States (all states), Canada (all provinces) plus another 203 countries. A fantastic resource! At one time or another all of us need copies of birth, marriage, or death certificates for driver's licenses, passports, jobs, social security, family history research, or for simple proof of identify. But the requirements and fees needed to obtain copies of vital records vary from from country to country, often requiring a time-wasting exchange of correspondence before the appropriate forms can be obtained. The International Vital Records Handbook puts an end to all that, as it offers complete, up-to-date information on how and where to request vital records. It also includes copies of the application forms, where available, thus simplifying and speeding up the process by which vital records are obtained.
ISBN: 978-0-8063-1793-9 More information
KIT & SUPPLIES - Gravestone Rubbing Kit
These kits are available once again just in time for Christmas shoppers.
The kit contains everything that you need to make a permanent record of a memorial stone. Gravestone rubbing is fun. It is possible to collect some beautiful artwork that can be framed and displayed. A carver's skill can be preserved, or an ancestor's stone recorded and appreciated through this craft. Gravestone Rubbing Kit includes: two cupcake-shaped waxes (black and blue); 5 sheets of Aqaba brand gravestone rubbing paper (24 x 36 in.); natural bristle brush; special masking tape; instructions.
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BOOK - DNA & Genealogy
By Colleen Fitzpatrick and Andrew Yeiser. The genetic trail that an ancestor leaves behind is every bit as important as their paper trail. Though Y-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA testing, the modern genealogist has a powerful new tool for researhing their roots. This book provides the basics for those who are new to DNA testing. However it goes beyond the basics, providing important insights for more experienced genetic genealogists.
BOOK - Forensic Genealogy
By Colleen Fitzpatrick PhD. Forensic scientists and genealogists share the same goal–to find out who was who, and who did what and when. In explaining how to analyze photographs, to mine databases, and to use DNA analysis to reveal family history, Forensic Genealogy emphasizes the creative parts of an investigation over the mechanics. Have you ever thought of looking at the edges of old photographs to find out if they are from the same roll, or the backs to place them in chronological order? Have you considered looking at a city directory to figure out if your ancestor and his wife lost any children? How about using DNA analysis to tie your family to the history and politics of a religious conflict?.
BOOK - Help! I've Inherited an Attic Full of History - Revised Edition
By: Althea Douglas, M.A. C.G.(C)
This is a practical book that provides good, sound techniques for evaluation, conservation, storage and display of family documents, photographs and artifacts in the home enviroment.
BOOK - Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians
By Elizabeth Shown Mills
Published by Genealogical Publishing, Baltimore, 2002
Professional Genealogy is a manual by professionals for everyone serious about genealogy. For family historians who want to do their own study, reliably, it describes the standards. For hobbyists, attorneys, and medical scientists who seek professional researchers, it's a consumer guide that defines quality and facilitates choices. For librarians who struggle to help a whole new class of patrons, it provides a bridge to the methods, sources, and minutiae of "history, up-close and personal." For established genealogical professionals, it offers benchmarks by which they can advance their skills and places their businesses on sounder footing. And for all those who dream of turning a fascinating hobby into a successful career, Professional Genealogy details the preparation and the processes. Its twenty-nine chapters, written by two dozen scholars, cover the following topic areas: research skills and the analysis of evidence, writing and compiling genealogical research, the core genealogy library collection, genealogical ethics and standards, editing and publishing, and topics relating to the profession of genealogist.More information
BOOK - Scurvy: How a Surgeon, a Mariner, and a Gentlemean Solved the Greatest medical Mystery of the Age of Sail
By Stephen R. Brown
Scurvy took a terrible toll in the Age of Sail, killing more sailors than were lost in all sea battles combined. The cure for scurvy ranks among the greatest of human accomplishments, yet its impact on history has, until now, been largely ignored. Scurvy is an evocative journey back to the era of wooden ships and sails, when the disease infiltrated every aspect of seafaring life: press gangs "recruit" mariners on the way home from a late night at the pub; a terrible voyage in search of riches ends with a hobbled fleet and half the crew heaved overboard; Cook majestically travels the South Seas but suffers an unimaginable fate. Brimming with tales of ships, sailors, and baffling bureaucracy, Scurvy is a rare mix of compelling history and classic adventure story.
ISBN: 0-88762-178-3  (Softcover) More information
USED & ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS: Misc. Genealogy & History (concerns more than one country or topic):
By Don Steel and Lawrence Taylor, editors
Lutterworth Press, Guildford Surrey, England, 1984. 6-1/2 x 9-1/2. 192 pages. Hardcover, with dust jacket. Both hardcover book and dust jacket in very good condition showing slight shelving wear, never been read. Dedicated and signed by one of the editor. ISBN 0718825306. Click for image
USED BOOK - Barkham Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and useful Information 1889.
By Barkham Burrough, compiler
Bonanza Books, N.Y. U.S.A., 1983. 8-3/4 x 11-1/4. 148 pages. Hardcover, with dust jacket. Both hardcover book and dust jacket in good condition showing slight shelving wear, some smudge on dust jacket, otherwise very good condition, never been read. This reprint originally published in1889. ISBN 0517679507. Click for image
USED BOOK - A Primer of Population Genetics.
By Daniel L. Hartl
Sinauer Associates, Inc., Sunderland, Mass., 1981 . 6 x 9. 191 pages. Paperback, Perfect Bound, some shelving wear, cover cracked on right edge, some pencil notes and underlining on some pages, in good condition. ISBN 0878932712. Click for image
USED BOOK - A Visual Guide to Flags of the World.
By V.S. de Kleer
Nimbus Publishing Ltd, Halifax, N.S. 2005. 5-3/4 x 8-1/2. 54 pages. Paperback, Perfect Bound, in pristine condition. ISBN 1551095173. Click for image
USED BOOK - Historian's Handbook, A Key to the Study and Writing of History
By Wood Gray and other collaborators
Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston 1964. 6 x 9-1/4. 88 pages. Soft cover, slight shelving wear, in very good condition. ISBN None.
USED BOOK - Our Family Tree A History of Our Family
By Julie Hausner, orig.
Poplar Books, Inc. New Jersey, 1977. 8-3/4 x 11-1/4. 142 pages. Hardcover, record your family tree in this especially designed record book. Some small chips along bottom of front cover, gilt stamping on cover and spine, good clean condition. ISBN 0890091366. Click for image
USED BOOK B - The Library, A guide to the LDS Family History Library.
By Johni Cerny & Wendy Elliott, editors
Ancestry Inc., 1988. 8-1/2 x 11-1/4. 763 pages. Hardcover, dust cover crimped on front edge and chipped on top edge, hardcover in pristine condition. ISBN 0916489213. Click for image
USED BOOK - Annie's Letters.
Edited by Roger B. and David A. Flint
Published by Half Dome Press, Hertfordshire, UK 2000. . 6.0 x 9.0. 289 pages. Black and White photos and illustrations. Appendices and index. , ISBN 0-9528513-0-3. Green card stock cover, perfect bound. Book is in good used condition with some shelf wear on bottom and spine. Annie's Letters, The letters of Elizabeth Annie Kimpton, Written from Canada and the United States to her family in Abbots, Langley, 1937-38. Click for image
USED BOOK The Great Pretenders, The True Stories behind Famous Historical Mysteries.
By Jan Bondeson.
Published by W. W. Norton & Company, New York, USA. 2004. Light and Dark Orange Hard cover, with Red text on spine + Dust Jacket. . 6.25 x 9.50. 326 pages. Book is in excellent like new condition as is the dust jacket. Notes, no index. 0-393-01969-1. Stories behind Impostors and Errors in History. Click for image with dust jacket Click for image without dust jacket
USED BOOK - The World Through Maps, a History of Cartography.
By John Rennie Short.
Published in Canada by Firefly Books, Toronto, ON 2003. Green hardcover, as new. Dust Jacket Condition, as new. 8.5 x 11.5. 224 pages, numerous color and black and white photos. Index. ISBN #1 552978117. Click for image
USED BOOK - Family History Made Easy
By Loretto Dennis Szucss
Where do I start? What records should I look for? And what can they tell me about my heritage? Family History Made Easy guides you steadily and easily though the sometimes confusing world of family history research. 215 pages, Softcover 5.5 x 8.5, extensive index. Published by Ancestry in 1998. ISBN 0-916489-72-8. Click for image
TRAINING VIDEOS on CD - Legacy Training Video, Vol.. 1. ( 5 CD's).
Published by Millenia/Legacy in the US. Legacy for Beginners contains the following discs 1. Mastering Legacy: Names, Dates Places. 2. Your 12 Step Checklist to Using Legacy. 3. Legacy's Ultimate Guide to Sources 4. Researching with Legacy: Events and chronologies. 5. Legacy for Beginners. Learn Legacy at your own pace from the comfort of your own computer. Click for image
TRAINING VIDEOS on CD - Legacy Training Video, Vol.. 2. ( 4 CD's).
Published by Millenia/Legacy in the US. Legacy for Beginners contains the following discs 1. Tagging and Searching Made Easy 2. Creating & Sharing Perfecrt Reports 3. Insider's Guide to Legacy: Tips and Tripcks 4. Picturing Your Legacy: A Video Gde to Working with Digital Pictures in Legacy. Learn Legacy at your own pace from the comfort of your own computer. Click for image
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