The Basic Genealogy Checklist
This little book is a gem! The Basic Genealogy Checklist: 101 Tips & Tactics to Find Your Family History, by Henrietta M. Christmas and Paul F. Rhetts.
Henrietta and Paul are longtime friends (of each other). She is the President of the New Mexico Genealogical Society, and a recent acquaintance of mine; he has written over two dozen nonfiction and history books. As a longtime genealogy researcher who has started providing family history research services to others, I was curious enough about this new book to attend their signing, at Bookworks Albuquerque, and to buy a copy for myself. Just so you know, this review was my idea, not theirs.
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This book was written for beginners and experienced genealogists alike.
From the back cover:
“Today, genealogy ranks second as a hobby only to gardening as the most searched topic online….This book is designed to help genealogists of all types and at all stages in their search. There are several hundred tips, tactics, and online web links provided to help the beginner find the right path to get started or the experienced researcher to jump ahead to the next level.”
Many longer, more detailed books focus on how to do genealogy research — in general, in specific regions, in different eras, using specific types of documents — but this one can be picked up for a few minutes at a time just to stimulate ideas.
The tips fall into the following categories:
The Basics/Getting Started
Brick Walls & Deadends
Groups & Organizations
Tips range from Visit a Cemetery and Use Google Maps, to Work Backwards and Meet up With a Distant Cousin. There are several tips related to taking, organizing, preserving, and sharing family photos and other types of memorabilia, which will interest my APPO (Association of Personal Photo Organizers) colleagues. Here are a couple I hadn’t thought of: Pass Down Your Recipes and What if They Were Behind Bars?
Don’t feel like doing a lot of reading? No problem. Most of the tips are only a page long, and the book is full of illustration and photos. And ideas. Lots of ideas.
There’s even a space for creating your own checklist!
As a professional organizer it probably won’t surprise you that I love a good checklist. And, having done, or at least considered doing, most of the things in the book, I can say this is a good one! Honestly, the tip that spoke the loudest to me was: Get Certified. OK, maybe I will!
Do you have a genealogy checklist?
What’s your best genealogy tip and/or something you aspire to do?
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