Monday, October 7, 2013

The Genealogical Researcher helps beginners to grow

This is one of the first books I looked at when I started at the Family History Center. The Genealogical Researcher: Neophyte to Graduate by William C. Kleese, PH. D. (Family History Land, 2003, Softcover, comb binding, 135 pages) is derived from seminars given by the author from 1988 through 2002. This book does just what its title promises to do – introduces the new genealogist in beginning research methodologies then expands into more advanced topics used by the experienced researcher.

As a beginner, I liked this book because it explains how to start and record your genealogy. Dr. Kleese provides many examples of different types of records and what information can be extracted from them. The chapter on U.S. Church Records contains diagrams illustrating the evolution of non-Catholic Christian churches beginning with the Church of England in 1534. Other chapters explain how to read a land map and definitions of some census abbreviations and much, much more.

The Genealogical Researcher provides the neophyte genealogists with the knowledge needed to conduct reliable and thorough research into their family history. The book is shelved under call number 929.1 k29x 2003.

Table of Contents. Click image to enlarge.

Contributed by: Scott Williams