The book may overwhelm beginning genealogists, but Chapter 10 could help newbies avoid pitfalls. That chapter, “Ten Mistakes Not to Make in Your Family Research,” is a worthwhile read for everyone because we often develop blind spots in our thinking.
Chapter 11, “Analysis of Evidence,” discusses what to consider when sources conflict each other. Several quizzes in this chapter help researchers understand which records are more reliable. “Collecting names and records without analyzing, thinking and evaluating them is like buying eggs at the store and expecting chickens.”
Very USA centric but some tricks for finding an elusive ancestor including the first step – analysing the problem and planning a strategy for success. Not a good book for the beginner Australian researcher as the American examples (eg. References to census and courthouse and land records) will be frustrating without having an understanding of the equivalent or similar Australian resources.
Some useful information at the back of the book include DNA testing, glossary of terms and blank charts and forms which can be copied.
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