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 thrA 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.
Browsed through the book at the library. The introduction is very good and provides a nice overview of the naturalization process as wells as the typeBrowsed through the book at the library. The introduction is very good and provides a nice overview of the naturalization process as wells as the types of records you might expect to find.
When I was looking for specific places, I found that the information was not as thorough as I would have liked. Many times for a county it would say something like, not microfilmed, originals as such and such courthouse. This is not very helpful, since it doesn't specify what records are at the courthouse and leads one to believe that ALL types are available. In several instances, I know this is not the case and that some counties only have some record types. I also noticed that some counties were missing, although I'm not sure why....more
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I had the pleasure of reading a great reference booDisclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair review on my genealogy blog.
I had the pleasure of reading a great reference book entitled Time Traveller’s Handbook: A Guide to the Past, by Althea Douglas. Although the book is written for the genealogist or historian researching in Canada, there is plenty of useful information for researchers without Canadian roots.
The book is well-written, sourced where appropriate, and makes for an easy read. There are 16 chapters with historical facts galore, an appendix of historical dates and events, and a comprehensive index. A bibliography is also provided that lists the many sources referred to in the text.
Many of the chapters include lists of terms and definitions or other helpful tables (e.g., measurement conversions). Douglas also uses various anecdotes to illustrate certain facts, providing the reader with a better context of life back in the day in a more tangible way.
Chapter 8 “Trades and Their Tools” is a fascinating chapter. Did you know that a plumber in the early days was something much different than what we know one to be today? Want to know what a currier is? Did you know that a butcher may have also been called a flesher? I was very happy to see a definition for a cooper. I remember a few years ago searching the internet for a definition and it took several sources to finally find the answer, which wasn’t really much help. This book not only had a definition, but one that gave me a better picture of the trade.
Chapter 9 “Work Away From Home” is also an informative chapter, especially the discussion of rail workers. Chapter 13 “Health in the Past” is also a very helpful chapter and includes a list of common ailments with definitions.
While the book is a great reference to the past, it’s also good to read it from cover to cover. There were many pieces of information contained in the text that I had never even thought of before as being relevant to genealogy. But these tidbits got me thinking, and because of that, I have revised some of my research plans to include other avenues of research....more