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A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Immigrant & Ethnic Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage

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Each ethnic group in America leaves a unique legacy. Distinct historical records, languages and immigration patterns create unique challenges for beginners researching relatives with different origins.The "Discovering your Ancestors" series provides clear, step-by-step instruction aimed at making this task easier. Each of these books starts by teaching the basics of sound ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Betterway Books (first published March 1998)
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Kathy Duncan
In her introduction Carmack warns that her book is not intended for beginners or as a guide for genealogical research. That’s a warning that should be heeded. Although her title, A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Female Ancestors: Special Strategies for Uncovering Hard-to-Find Information About Your Female Lineage seems to imply that this a guide and could benefit beginners, it is neither.

To her credit, Carmack does address issues of how to identify female ancestors, but her methods are
I had a love/hate relationship with this book and see why it gets such mixed reviews. I loved the concept of incorporating social history to enrich the biographies of our female ancestors. However, in the examples Carmack gives, she frequently crosses the line between biography and fiction. Simply assuming that an ancestor's experience was the same as that of a typical woman from the same time and ethnic group is over-reaching. It is possible to incorporate social history to give context to know ...more
Mallory Hall
This was a great book! It inspires the reader to do more then search out dates and places but to rather develop a understanding of who your female ancestors were as people. It encourages you to not only compile basic facts but to actually write a narrative using genealogical data and social histories. I learned a lot of history about women by reading this book and I am motivated to read more!

This isn't a basic guide, but I think beginners can get a lot out of it as well as experienced genealogis
OK, I'm not a great family historian. I like to read all about it, and "when I have more time," I'll get more family history done. Finding missing women has been a challenge in family history, always, because if you don't know their maiden name, it can be hard to find their families. This book gives lots of ideas for the detective in all genealogists. I have read several of Carmack's books and have appreciated her information.
Another oldie but perfectly valid book. I'm still in the "find everyone" phrase of my research life instead of writing out historical biographies, but this is a great research tool. I'd recommend it for any genealogist's collection.
I can't recommend this book to seasoned researchers because I got nothing new from it. Everything the author covers, I thought of or tried years ago. And I can't suggest it to new researchers because I think the author crosses the line between considering circumstantial evidence and just creating fiction because the facts are missing. We'd all love to have rich, colorful details about our ancestors, but the author encourages connecting dots that lack hard data.

There's enough erroneous research
I was very disappointed in this book. I thought it would have strategies for identifying your female ancestors when obvious methods hadn't worked. Most of her case studies began with "find the marriage record". Well. duh. If I could find a marriage record, I wouldn't be reading this book. She didn't include several tricks and strategies that I already know, and I learned nothing new from this book.
An interesting book and one I'm glad I own. I will use the list at the back of the book to help me use all available records for discovering those elusive females in every line.
What a wonderful and informative book on finding female ancestors.
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