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The family tree problem solver : proven methods for scaling the inevitable brick wall
Rising, Marsha Hoffman, 1945-
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : Family Tree Books, c2005.
Physical Description:
232 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
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Material Type
1 929.1 R595 Adult NonFiction Book
1 929.1 RIS Adult Paperback NonFiction Book
1 929.1072 RIS Adult NonFiction Book

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Proven Methods for Scaling the Inevitable Brick Wall

Complications arising from incomplete or missing records, census irregularities, individuals of the same name, and burned courthouses can stop even the most experienced genealogists dead in the tracks. Learn to break through those brick walls with The Family Tree Problem Solver , which dissects researcher's common problems in case studies with straightforward solutions. You will:

Go straight to the answers you need without wading through theory or irrelevant record overviews Find explanations and case studies that will help you overcome your obstacles and move forward in your genealogy Learn what NOT to do to avoid hitting brick walls in the future.

The Family Tree Problem Solver is the best and most accessible book on the market about breaking down brick walls. The mysteries of research before 1850, collateral relatives, and court and land records are thoroughly explored and applied to your research problems. And it's all brought to you by genealogy's most popular publications, Family Tree Books and Family Tree Magazine !

Author Notes

Marsha Hoffman Rising CG, FASG , was a professional genealogist who specialized in problem-solving issues that arise while researching nineteenth century ancestors. She also served as vice president of the National Genealogy Society and served on the boards of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the New England Historic Genealogic Society, and as president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Genealogical Speaker's Guild. During her thirty year professional career in genealogy, she received the National Genealogical Society Award of Merit (1989), was elected a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Society (1990), received the FGS George E. Williams Award (1991), the National Genealogical Society Award of Excellence (1992), and the FGS Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award (1999).

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Booklist Review

Rising immediately warns that this genealogical troubleshooting guide is not for the novice family historian. However, those already involved and well versed in genealogical research will benefit greatly from these handy problem-solving techniques, tools, and methods. After hitting an inevitable brick wall, even knowledgeable researchers are apt to give up too quickly. To avoid this frustrating scenario, the author provides tips for locating missing documents; overcoming census omissions; recognizing and availing oneself of collateral kin and neighbors; interpreting court, probate, and property records; distinguishing among individuals of the same name; and finding elusive ancestors who lived before 1850. Although beginners will need to consult more basic handbooks, advanced genealogical investigators will welcome this valuable resource. --Margaret Flanagan Copyright 2005 Booklist