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Children's Genealogical Research
Abrams Collection Genealogy Highlights
What is genealogy?
How do I get started?
Some people think that genealogy is only done in libraries, archives, and courthouses. Actually, one of the best places to go for information is our own homes or the homes of our relatives. Before tackling the resources at your local library or archives, take time to explore family bibles, scrapbooks and photo albums. With permission, check out grandma's closet, attic or storage area in the basement. You may find a stash of genealogical information in those hidden treasures. Look at your family history as a treasure hunt or a mystery.
Make your research a family project. Get Mom, Dad and the entire family involved with your research. One of the best things about genealogy is that it is a hobby that can be shared and enjoyed with the whole family.
We suggest that you follow these steps when beginning your research:
Step 1: Get a pedigree chart.
Step 2: Read, Read, Read...
Step 3: Don't start until you have done your homework.
Other home sources include:
Step 4: Oral Histories
Step 5: Plan a detailed search strategy.
Step 6: Newspapers and Census Records
Step 7: Search for vital records.
How do I begin my research?
When you are unable to find the answers you are looking for by interviewing family members and searching family records, it is time to visit your local library. Most public libraries have a collection of family history materials. The Internet is also a great place to look for information. Contact the Library of Michigan for assistance. Librarians staffing the reference desks are there to help researchers like you find information.
The following titles and Web pages may help you get started. Clicking on the links in the list of resources below will take you directly to the ANSWER record for that item.
Allen, Desmond Walls. First Steps in Genealogy: A Beginner's Guide to Researching Your Family History. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 1998.
Andriot, Jay. Township Atlas of the United States. McLean, VA: Documents Index,1991.
Beller, Susan Provost. Roots for Kids: A Genealogy Guide for Young People. White Hall,VA: Betterway Books, 1989.
Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. County Courthouse Book. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub.Co., 1995.
Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. Genealogist's Address Book. 5th ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1991-.
Bremer, Ronald A. Compendium of Historical Sources: The How and Where of American Genealogy. Bountiful, UT: AGLL Inc., 1997.
Brittan, Liana. Genealogy for Children: A Resource for Teachers, Parents and Grandparents. Almonte, Ont.: Educational Support Personnel, 1997.
Chorzempa, Rosemary A. My Family Tree Workbook: Genealogy for Beginners. New York: Dover Publications, 1982.
Crandall, Ralph J. Shaking Your Family Tree: A Basic Guide to Tracing Your Family's Genealogy. Dublin, NH: Yankee Pub., 1986.
Croom, Emily Anne. Unpuzzling Your Past Workbook: Essential Forms and Letters for All Genealogists. Cincinnati: Betterway Pub., 1996.
Directory of Historical Organizations in the United States and Canada. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1990-.
Douglas, Ann. The Family Tree Detective: Cracking the Case of Your Family's Story. New York: Firefly Books, 1999.
Handy Book for Genealogists: United States of America. 9th ed. Logan, UT: Everton Publishers, 1999.
Harris, Maurine. Ancestry's Concise Genealogical Dictionary. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Publishing, 1989.
Johnson, Anne E. A Student's Guide to British American Genealogy. Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1996.
Kavasch, E. Barrie, A Student's Guide to Native American Genealogy. Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1996.
Kemp, Thomas Jay. International Vital Records Handbook. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 2000.
Meshenberg, Michael J. Documents of Our Ancestors: A Selection of Reproducible Genealogy Forms and Tips for Using Them. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1996.
Romig, Walter. Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1986.
Szucs, Loretto Dennis. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997.
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