Table of Contents for Secrets of Tracing Your Ancestors


1 Introduction
11(2)
2 Why Genealogy?
13(3)
3 Get Started
16(15)
Baptismal or Confirmation Certificates
16(1)
Graduation Diplomas
17(1)
Newspaper Articles
17(1)
Photographs
18(1)
Government Documents
19(1)
Memorabilia
19(1)
Miscelleaneous
19(1)
Shifting Gears
20(2)
Caution!
22(2)
Other Records
24(1)
Old Letters
24(1)
Old Budgets/Ledgers
25(1)
Family Bibles
25(1)
Photos
26(1)
Old Legal Papers
26(2)
Family Histories/Genealogies
28(1)
More Than a Coin Collection
28(1)
Getting Started Checklist
29(1)
Additional Resources
30(1)
4 Get Organized
31(12)
Information You Have Found
31(1)
Birth, Death and Marriage Records
32(1)
Correspondence
33(1)
Other Records
33(1)
Photographs
34(1)
Information For Which You Are Searching
34(1)
Forms
34(1)
Research Log
35(1)
Family Group Sheet
35(5)
Pedigree Charts
40(2)
Get Organized Checklist
42(1)
Additional Resources
42(1)
5 What's in a Name?
43(7)
Physical Characteristics
43(1)
An Animal Connection
43(1)
Patronymics
44(2)
Occupations
46(1)
Geographic Locations
46(1)
Mother's Maiden Names
46(1)
Don't Assume...
47(1)
Spelling Woes
47(1)
What's in a Name? Checldist
48(1)
Additional Resources
49(1)
6 Vital Records
50(5)
Where to Look?
51(1)
What Do I Say?
52(1)
What Do the Records Cost?
53(1)
Friendly Caution
53(1)
Vital Records Checklist
54(1)
Additional Resources
54(1)
7 Genealogical Societies
55(5)
Genealogical Societies Checklist
59(1)
Additional Resources
59(1)
8 Genealogical Collections in Libraries
60(13)
Family History Library
60(1)
State Libraries
60(1)
County Libraries
61(1)
Genealogical and Historical Society Libraries
62(1)
University Libraries
62(1)
National Archives
63(4)
The Hunt Begins!
67(1)
Vital Statistics Records
67(1)
Census Records
67(1)
Biographies
68(1)
Obituaries
68(1)
Old Newspapers
69(1)
Land Records
70(1)
City Telephone Directories
70(1)
Histories
70(1)
Cemetery Indexes
71(1)
Befriend the Librarian!
71(1)
Collections and Libraries Checklist
71(1)
Additional Resources
72(1)
9 Computers and the Internet
73(21)
The Internet
73(1)
Genealogy Websites
74(14)
Genealogy Software
88(5)
Computer and Internet Checklist
93(1)
Additional Resources
93(1)
10 Using the LDS Church
94(10)
The Family History Library
94(2)
Getting Around Salt Lake City
96(1)
Family History Centers
97(2)
Getting the Most Out of Your Local Family History Center
99(1)
Prepare
99(1)
Call Ahead
99(1)
Have Patience
100(1)
Share Your Success
100(1)
FamilySearch
100(3)
LDS Church Checklist
103(1)
Additional Resources
103(1)
11 Census Records
104(21)
Who, What, When, Where, Why & How...
104(2)
Questions, Questions, Questions
106(7)
Soundex
113(1)
Soundex Coding Rules
114(6)
Soundex Cards
120
The Census
118(1)
Write it Down!
119(1)
What Next?
119(3)
Finding the Censuses
122(1)
Mortality Schedules
123(1)
Census Records Checklist
123(1)
Additional Resources
124(1)
12 Military Records
125(13)
Motivation
125(1)
American Wars
125(1)
Where to Begin
126(1)
The National Archives
127(1)
Enlistment Records
127(1)
Compiled Military Service Records (CMSR)
127(1)
Pension Records
128(1)
Record of Events
129(1)
Confederate Records
129(4)
Bounty Land Warrants
133(1)
Other Resources
134(1)
Okay - So Where Do I Find These Wonderful Records?
134(1)
The Internet and Military Records
135(1)
Military Records Search Checklist
136(1)
Additional Resources
136(2)
13 Ethnic Research
138(38)
African-American Research
138(4)
Native American Research
142(4)
German Research
146(14)
Jewish Research
160(4)
Hispanic Research
164(2)
Irish Research
166(5)
Other Ethnic-Specific Research
171(1)
Traveling to Unearth Your Roots
172(2)
Ethnic Research Checklist
174(1)
Additional Resources
175(1)
14 Who Am I?
176(10)
The Genealogical Dilemma of Adoption
176(1)
Where to Start?
177(2)
Petition the Courts
179(1)
Cyndi's List
179(2)
Registries
181(1)
Other Resources
182(1)
After You've Found a Name
183(1)
Locality-Specific Adoption Help
184(1)
Should I Pay Someone to Search for Me?
184(1)
Who Am I? Checklist
184(1)
Additional Resources
185(1)
15 Using DNA as a Research Tool
186(5)
Using DNA as a Research Tool Checklist
189(1)
Additional Resources
190(1)
16 Is Anyone Out There?
191(4)
The Internet
192(1)
Message Boards
193(1)
Magazine Queries
193(1)
Be a Detective!
194(1)
Is Anyone Out There? Checklist
194(1)
17 Professional Genealogists
195(14)
Is Now the Time?
195(1)
Okay - It's Time
196(1)
The Board of Certification of Genealogists (BCG)
197(1)
The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGEN)
197(1)
The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)
198(1)
What Will it Cost?
199(1)
Professional Genealogists Checklist
199(10)
18 Help Your Descendants!
209
Writing a Personal History
200(1)
Chapters
201(2)
Set a Regular Time
203(1)
Additional Help
204(1)
Keep a Journal
204(1)
What Do I Do Now?
205(1)
Help Your Descendants! Checklist
205(1)
Additional Resources
206(1)
19 In Summary
207(2)
Glossary of Terms
209(5)
Appendix
214(8)
State Libraries and Archives
214(5)
State Departments of Vital Statistics
219(3)
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