Friday, January 25, 2013

Review: Legacy QuickGuide on Pennsylvania Genealogy

Legacy Family Tree has commissioned a series of four-page booklets on various aspects of genealogical research.  Each laminated guide contains four pages of valuable information covering a variety of genealogy research topics. Legacy QuickGuides are written by genealogists and family historians who are experts in the subject areas.  These QuickGuides are oriented towards the online researcher - there are several pages of website links on selected subjects for the specific topic covered by the QuickGuide.

You can see the list of available Legacy QuickGuides at  They are available as laminated four-page folders ($7.95 each) or as downloadable PDF files ($2.95 each).

The Pennsylvania Genealogy QuickGuide was written by Lisa A. Alzo. 

The description of this QuickGuide says:

"Looking to find those elusive Keystone State ancestors? The Pennsylvania Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide contains useful information including a timeline of Pennsylvania history events, tips on Pennsylvania research strategy, outline of major immigrant groups, and more. Also included are links to websites and resources covering vital records, church records, census records, as well as general Pennsylvania resources. This handy 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access."

The subjects covered in the Pennsylvania Genealogy QuickGuide include (4 pages):

*  Timeline of Pennsylvania History
*  Pennsylvania Research Strategy
*  Pennsylvania History

*  Basic Pennsylvania Resources
*  Vital Records
*  Adoption Records
*  Birth and Baptism Records
*  Death Records & Obituaries
*  Cemetery Records
*  Wills & Probate Records
*  Census Records
*  Court Records
*  Tax Records
*  Marriage Records
*  Church & Religious Records
*  Land Records
*  Military Records
*  Immigration & Naturalization
*  Migration Routes & Trails
*  Newspapers
*  City & Business Directories

*  Maps and Geography
*  Archives and Libraries
*  Miscellaneous
*  Museums & Historic Sites
*  Genealogy & Historical Societies
*  Forums, Groups & Mailing Lists
*  Family Trees and GEDCOMs

For most of the subjects listed above, the items listed for each subject are website titles with links to the websites.  In some cases, there are shortened URLs for websites with long eddresses.

This Legacy QuickGuide is very useful for beginners and seasoned researchers alike.  The Pennsylvania Timeline and the Research Strategy sections are especially helpful.  The other subject areas, with links to websites, are oriented towards the online genealogist.  I am sure that I will use this QuickGuide to help me find records of my Pennsylvania ancestors.

The laminated version of this QuickGuide is very handy for researchers going to repositories or society meetings - it is light and easy to carry in a briefcase or computer case.  I much prefer the PDF version because I can save it to my computer (and laptop, tablet, and smart phone using Dropbox or another cloud service) and have it available in digital format for instantaneous usage at home, in a repository or while traveling by clicking the links provided, rather than typing the links into my web browser. 

Order your copy of the Pennsylvania Genealogy QuickGuide (Printed ($7.95) or PDF ($2.95)) at the Legacy Family Tree Store.

Disclosure:  I was provided a complimentary copy of the PDF version of this Legacy QuickGuide on the condition that I provide a timely review of each QuickGuide provided.  Look for more in the near future!

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