The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy
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THE RESEARCHER'S GUIDE TO AMERICAN GENEALOGY. 3rd Edition. Val D. Greenwood. Hardcover, (2000), 2005, Illus., Index, 676 pp.
Over 100,000 copies sold!
"Recommended as the most comprehensive how-to book on American
genealogical and local history research."--Library
In every field of study there is one book
that rises above the rest in stature and
authority and becomes the standard work in the
field. In genealogy that book is Val Greenwood's
Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy.
Arguably the best book ever written on
American genealogy, it is the text of choice in
colleges and universities or wherever courses in
American genealogy are taught. Of the dozens of
textbooks, manuals, and how-to books that have
appeared over the past twenty-five years, it is
the one book that is consistently praised for
setting a standard of excellence.
In a word, The Researcher's Guide has
become a classic. While it instructs the
researcher in the timeless principles of
genealogical research, it also identifies the
various classes of records employed in that
research, groups them in convenient tables and
charts, gives their location, explains their
uses, and evaluates each of them in the context
of the research process. Designed to answer
practically all the researcher's needs, it is
both a textbook and an all-purpose reference
book. And it is this singular combination that
makes The Researcher's Guide the book of
choice in any genealogical investigation. It is
also the reason why if you can afford to buy
only one book on American genealogy in a
lifetime, this has to be it.
The 3rd edition of this respected textbook
incorporates recent thinking on genealogy and
computers, specifically the relationship between
computer technology (the Internet and CD-ROM)
and the timeless principles of good genealogical
research. It also includes a new chapter--since
the second edition--on the property rights of
women, a revised chapter on the evaluation of
genealogical evidence, and updated information
on the 1920 census. Little else has changed, or
needs to be changed, because the basics of
genealogy remain timeless and immutable. This
3rd edition of The Researcher's Guide,
then, is a clear, comprehensive, and up-to-date
account of the methods and aims of American
genealogy--an essential text for the present
generation of researchers--and no sound
genealogical project is complete without it.
"Greenwood's guide has long been regarded as the
best of its kind, a text and reference work for
anyone who is doing American genealogical
research beyond the beginner's level...Purchase
of Greenwood's guide is recommended to any
serious genealogist, and every genealogical
library should have this latest edition on its
shelves."--THE NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND
BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD (July 2000), p. 229.
"...this work is still the single best reference
and text for the serious beginning genealogist."--AMERICAN
REFERENCE BOOKS ANNUAL (1991).
"Greenwood's book is easy to read and covers a
broad enough spectrum of resources that readers
are equipped to get started with a minimum
investment of study time. For those who want to
learn how to build pedigrees and reconstruct
family groups, tying them from one generation to
the next, this book is an excellent guide...This
book also has value to other researchers.
Historians, demographers, and sociologists
studying people in the past will find that this
book will provide important guidance in
assessing which records will provide the facts
needed. Government document librarians will
appreciate having this book to refer to in
answering questions about censuses and other
sources created by national and state
government. It is still one of the best
guidebooks on genealogical research available.
It is an important title to include in
collections of libraries with patrons interested
in genealogical research."--GOVERNMENT
PUBLICATIONS REVIEW, Vol. 18 (1991).
"Seventeen years ago this Reviewer wrote: 'It is
impossible to recommend this book too highly. It
is indispensable for anyone interested in
genealogical research.' The verdict stands."--THE
VIRGINIA GENEALOGIST, Vol. 34, No. 3
"...this modestly priced classic remains the
outstanding text on American genealogy. It
belongs in every library whose patrons explore
genealogy."--LIBRARY JOURNAL (April 1, 1990).
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