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The Family Tree Problem Solver: Proven Methods for Scaling the Inevitable Brick Wall
Complications arising from incomplete or missing records, census irregularities, and individuals of the same name occur more often than non-genealogists might think. Respected genealogist and author Marsha Hoffman Rising helps beginners break through these "brick walls" by breaking down each researcher's common problem into a chapter with straightforward solutions. Readers ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 2nd 2005 by Family Tree Books
(first published January 2005)
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A bit of a hard book for me to review, just because it's not a novel. I think this is a neat resource for genealogists, but it's not for the beginner. It's about once you've done all the normal research, and now you are stuck in places. It gives lots of hints and case studies on what to do when you run into missing census, burned courthouses, using newspapers, land records, and other things that you don't think of right off. Will probably pull this one back out when I get more of the "easy stuff ...more
Extremely informative, but I wish I'd read some of the other reviews before tackling it -- this book is not for the beginner. It is for genealogists who are ready to tackle some serious brick walls. I learned a lot from this book and I know I'll need to read it again someday, but I guess I'm not quite far enough along in my research to get much more than a few bits of interesting advice out of it.
This only helps with research problems - unfortunately it is no help with actual problems within one's family tree! I recommend this for the intermediate to advanced researcher - it helped me think beyond my usual strategies. Many times genealogy how-to books are simplistic, but this is written by a respected professional and has valuable research techniques using helpful case studies.
This is just an earlier edition of, "The Family Tree Problem Solver: Tried-And-True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors", published in 2011, so don't let the title fool you. The newer edition has some additions including information on DNA testing. This book format is larger than the newer edition, so if your eyes bother you, this edition may be for you.