Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques

Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques Break through brick walls in your genealogical research Easy to read provides clear explanations examples and is well illustrated thus definitely meeting the needs of libraries and individuals seek

  • Title: Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques
  • Author: George G. Morgan Drew Smith
  • ISBN: 9780071816502
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback
  • Break through brick walls in your genealogical research Easy to read, provides clear explanations, examples and is well illustrated, thus definitely meeting the needs of libraries and individuals seeking a book to guide family historians who are beyond the basics and need help solving problems FORUM magazineLearn how to use innovative methods to unearth hard to find anBreak through brick walls in your genealogical research Easy to read, provides clear explanations, examples and is well illustrated, thus definitely meeting the needs of libraries and individuals seeking a book to guide family historians who are beyond the basics and need help solving problems FORUM magazineLearn how to use innovative methods to unearth hard to find ancestors Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques shows you, step by step, how to uncover elusive details by taking advantage of specialized tools and software programs and using proven best practices for breaking through the brick walls that have hindered your progress.You ll get professional advice on formulating a research strategy, understanding the details you discover, keeping careful track of your data, analyzing the evidence, and developing hypotheses Real world case studies demonstrate how you can apply the systematic procedures presented in this practical guide to your own research and achieve success Examine the brick wall in detail to find potential weak spots that can be exploited into a breakthroughUse brute force techniques that leave no stone unturnedObtain exact copies of original records rather than derivative sourcesResearch the family, associates, and neighbors FANs of your brick wall ancestorConsult with your family, friends, and colleagues to get a fresh perspective on your researchUse crowdsourcing genealogy societies, online forums, social media, blogs, wikis, and podcastsApply technological solutions, including DNA testing and specialized genealogical softwareGet tips on hiring a professional genealogical researcher with the appropriate credentials and referencesRevisit your brick wall problem after honing your research skillsReview your evidence, develop a research strategy, and keep a meticulous research log

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    1. This book is a godsend in assisting me to advance my research even further than I had already done! Directed toward the researcher who is either a professional or who has been doing this for some time and is more literate in the field of genealogy than just a beginner, this book helps make us aware of those little known areas of hunting and searching that we might not otherwise have known of.The back cover touts:"* Examine the brick wall in detail to find potential weak spots that can be exploit [...]

    2. I've been interested in genealogy for about 20 years and have been using Ancestry for about three years so that's why this book caught my eye. I've been finding it interesting to know where I come from.The authors use the metaphor of a brick wall when you are digging for information. Here are the chapters:1. Examine the brick wall in detail - reexamining in detail the evidence you already have discovered2. Use brute force - indexes, abstracts, extracts, etc.3. Go around the wall - looking at in [...]

    3. I'm currently reading "Advanced Genealogy Research," in hopes of breaking through 2-3 brick walls. After doing genealogical research for about 25 years I felt I needed a new perspective. What could be better than reading a text by George Morgan and Drew Smith! I had the pleasure of working at the same university of Drew, so reading the text is almost like having a personal consult with him. My goal is to amass a list of possible sources to check at the Family History library in Salt Lake City wh [...]

    4. A common occurrence when attempting to do genealogy is to run into a “brick wall”—that point at which you just can’t seem to extend the line or find any more information. Morgan & Smith have fashioned their guide around the brick wall concept. First, examine the wall in detail (every crack & irregularity gets examined). The techniques for dealing with the brick wall are cluster around the following ideas: Use Brute Force, Go Around the Wall, Talk to a Friend, Use Crowdsourcing, A [...]

    5. What a wonderful book by George Morgan and Drew Smith! There are so many wonderful suggestions in helping to look one's brick wall from different sides, and to begin to break through those brick walls. The book is easy to read and understand. I think that it would be a fabulous asset to a beginning genealogist, and a wonderful "reminder" book for the intermediate genealogist. I appreciate that Morgan and Smith added some software helps. They also used very realistic examples throughout the book. [...]

    6. Very useful book filled with tips on how to break through your "brick wall" ancestors - those ancestors for whom you can't find a parent, or a dob, or other things that let continue your journey into the past.They offer a variety of strategies and resources, and use their own family research to show how they applied some of the techniques. Definitely for the person who's been doing genealogy for a while, and has a decent understand of how to do basic research, use decent sources, and track their [...]

    7. This book is very good and very easy reading--just what you'd expect from the Genealogy Guys! It's something I will go back to a great deal over time. I think it will be an especially good reference (or even a textbook) for genealogy workshops or courses. I have ordered this book for purchase. My only gripe is that the title is misleading: it is not "advanced," more like intermediate or "developing beginner." I hope the title does not scare off progressing beginners…this book could help them d [...]

    8. Plenty of good reviews in the genealogical community over this book. Very up-to-date and solid. Unfortunately, I didn't really learn anything new. I'll take that as a compliment that I managed to teach myself most of these techniques. I would strongly recommend it for anyone who is not too far into genealogical data collection but is past the total beginner stage. You should be able to do basic online and records searches. The book takes you to the next level.

    9. I loved this book! And the biggest reason is that, despite its title, it was written in an easy-to-understand way. It was encouraging in that it helped verify that I'm barking up the right trees (so to speak). It also presented methodology in a logical manner so that I can figure out what my next step may be. As a side note, I got so caught up in Drew & George's personal examples that I want to know more about their families!

    10. A fantastic book for anyone looking for creative ways to break through those pesky brick walls. Morgan and Smith use a physical brick wall analogy throughout the book to help illustrate their points about overcoming various issues in genealogy research. Real-life research examples further drive the points home in a practical manner.My full review can be found on my blog at: genealogy.julietarr/blog/b

    11. Genealogy TipsLots of good tips and techniques for getting through brick walls in your family history research. If you have lots of money, just hire someone to conduct thorough research for your family. Most of us, though, will need to try these tips and techniques ourselves :)

    12. There are few genealogy how-to books that I give 5 stars to, but this one deserves it! It is easy to read, yet offers clear, well-thought out advice on how to further your genealogy research. I took detailed notes, and plan to use it like my bible in breaking down some of my brick walls. I think a copy belongs in every family history library.

    13. Helped reassure me that I'm not a complete idiot since I am already doing some of the things suggested here, but did learn a few things as well. Wish I could find a book like this that was more British-centered. Almost all the specific examples were for US research.

    14. I was expecting a lot more from this book. I would not call it advanced. I would call this a book for an intermediate researcher. I was hoping to get some ideas but this book really didn't give me any new ones.

    15. I didn't learn a lot of new stuff in this book, unfortunately. Either I'm too seasoned a genealogist, or their idea of "advanced" is different than mine. Nonetheless, it's a good read and I think beginning & mid-level genealogists would gain a lot

    16. Great book for those of us who are struggling with genealogy brick walls! Lots of great tips and helpful information.

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