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Unpuzzling Your Past: The Best-Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy

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The new and expanded fourth edition of this best-selling guide (over 150,000 copies sold!) to genealogy provides readers with the tools and information they need to jump into this great American hobby. Unpuzzling Your Past, 4th edition focuses on fundamental strategies for success, questions to ask, places for research, and interesting examples of each step along the way. ...more
Paperback, 4th ed., 85 pages
Published July 10th 2001 by Betterway Books (first published 1983)
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Mark Oconnor
Dec 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
Very general/generic advice on how to get started in the field of genealogy which is not what I was looking for. 99% of the content in this book is stuff I already know, or that could easily be discovered in about 4 seconds doing a google search or some such, so nothing too insightful or helpful. I checked out some of her other books and was equally unimpressed. It seems there is a huge gap in genealogies books between this sort of basic primer that tells you obvious things like "go and ask your ...more
Leslie Hickman
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, hobbies
Was disappointed! It started off good listing different ways to search. However, after listing "interviewing" relatives and neighbors & such....giving over 95% further information on a variety of interview questions and how to conduct those interviews, even after stating that many of avenues to be nearly impossible on some categories they kept harping on it! (even mentioned you could be the older generation but needed to interview complete strangers & family members that were too young t ...more
Peggy
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4th Edition, Published 2010. This book for beginning geneaologists is full of great ideas and information. I will use Croom's idea of making chronological profiles for each family member, and I will use some of her family history questions (sorted by decade) to learn more about my grandparents. I called my Mother today and learned my Grandparents had a Hudson sedan when they moved to New York in 1942 and my Grandmother used to bake "Crazy Cake."

Content is clear and to the point. The book does n
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Liz
Jul 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, genealogy
I read an earlier edition of this book rather than the one listed at this page. The earlier edition was excellent and I xeroxed many pages before returning it to the library - some of the blank charts provided in the appendices, as well as some of the lists of resources and some other specific pages. After reading it, I would gladly pay for the current edition of the book. I think both newbies and intermediate genealogists would find much of use in this book, and that even highly experienced gen ...more
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Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Lynn 929.1 Croom
Emily Croom books are all easy to read and provides strategies for finding your ancestors. Her ideas are practical and basic. For example, Chapter 16 is Read it Right: Handwriting of the Past. Is that a S or an I? Reproducible copies of worksheets, census, and forms are provided.
Linda Hartlaub
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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A good beginning to early intermediate book for genealogy research. Lots of information, ideas to further your search and forms to help you keep track of your research. It could use a more online references. A better place for her forms is in the Unpuzzling Your Past Workbook.
Paula
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This is a great resource for all genealogists.
Jim
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
My local library recommended this book as a good way to get started with the basics of geneology. I agree with that assesment.
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