Friday, April 5, 2013

Review: Genealogy At a Glance: Finding Female Ancestors

The Genealogical Publishing Company in Baltimore has published another in its series of "Genealogy at a Glance" laminated research guides - this time for Finding Female Ancestors, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack.

This "Genealogy at a Glance" booklet has four laminated pages on one 11" x 17" paper (folded). It is designed to give the user the basic elements of genealogy research in the allotted space. They provide an overview of the facts a researcher needs to know in order to begin and proceed successfully with research in the subject.

Finding Female Ancestors booklet has these subjects:

*  Contents
*  Quick Facts and Important Dates
*  The Challenge of Researching Your Female Ancestors
*  Determining Maiden Names and Parents
*  Other Sources Created About Women
*  Divorce Petitions
*  Insanity Records
*  Naturalizations
*  Widows' Pensions
*  Dower Releases
*  Sources Created by Women
*  Glossary
*  Online Sources

This booklet is designed primarily for the person who is not an expert, or has little experience, on finding female ancestors.  It provides guidance and excellent ideas to help researchers to find their elusive female ancestors. Reference books, online databases and websites for some of the topics are cited in the text.

For someone like me that teaches and talks about genealogy a bit, it is invaluable because I can pull it out and provide some guidance to my student or colleague interested in the subject.

The beauty of these "Genealogy at a Glance" booklets is that they are very light and portable in a briefcase or laptop case. They are fixtures in my research case.

This four-page laminated booklet costs $8.95,  plus postage and handling (4th Class Mail $4.50; FedEx Ground Service in the USA, $6.00). You can order it through the Genealogical Store, or use the link for the 
Finding Female Ancestors booklet and click on the "Add to Cart" link.  I recommend buying these at seminars and conferences where they are offered in order to avoid the shipping costs.
*  Book Review:  Genealogy at a Glance - Family History Library Research

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Copyright (c) Randall J. Seaver, 2013.

Disclosure: contacted me recently and asked me to provide a review of this booklet. They mailed me a review copy for my personal use as remuneration for this review. 

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