The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 286 pages
Author: K. Berry
Year: 2018
ISBN: 9781631582196
Other: b&w photos, tables, appendix, addresses
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing

The popularity of family history has increased over the past five years due to TV shows like Genealogy RoadshowFinding Your Roots, and Who Do You Think You Are? And the ability to access records online has opened up the one time hobby for genealogy enthusiasts to the mainstream.

Companies like,,, and MyHeritage have spent millions of dollars making records available around the world. Additionally DNA technology has evolved to provide the instant gratification that we have become use to as a society. But then the question remains, what does that really mean? Knowing your ancestry is more than just ethnic percentages it's about creating and building a story about your family history. The Family Tree Toolkit is designed to help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming and sometimes treacherous waters of finding your ancestors.

While this is not a comprehensive guide to all things genealogy, it is a roadmap to help you on this journey of discovery, whether you are looking for your African Asian, European, or Jewish ancestry. The Family Tree Toolkit guides you on how and where to begin, what records are available both online and in repositories, what to do once you find the information, how to share your story and of course DNA discoveries.

Please note: this is a US published book, and does focus heavily on US record and research. 

Introduction: Sharing my Story
 - Coming Home: A Journey from Virginia to New York
1. Starting Your Family History
 - Planting the Seeds of Your Family History
 - Interview Family Members
 - Family Documents
 - Organizing Your Research
 - Cite Your Sources! 
2. United States Records Research
 - Census Records Research
 - Vital Records Research
 - United States Court System and Court Records
 - Property Records
3. Other Records
  City Directories
 - Cemeteries Research
 - Church Records
 - Newspapers
 - Voter Records
4. Immigration and Naturalization Records
 - Immigration
 - Naturalization
 - Special Cases
5. US Military Research
 - The Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
 - The War of 1812 "Second War of American Independence"
 - The Indian Wars (1784-1858)
 - Mexican War (1846-1848)
 - Civil War (1861-1865)
 - Spanish-American War
 - World War I
 - World War II
 - Other Conflicts
6. Ethnic Ancestry
 - African American Family History
 - Transatlantic Slave Trade
 - Domestic Slave Trade
 - Reconstruction (1863-1877)
 - Researching Free People of Color
 - Caribbean
 - Native American Ancestry
 7. European Research
 - English, Welsh and Scottish
 - Irish
 - Italian
 - German
 - Jewish Genealogy
8. Adoption Research
 - Useful Documents When Researching Adoptees
 - Organizations to Help You with Your Research
9. DNA
 - DNA Basics
 - DNA Companies
 - My DNA Results
Appendix: United States Quick Reference Guide to Census and Vital Records by State
National Archives and Records Administration Facilities
State Archive and Historical Societies
Vital Records Offices
Additional Research Resources



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