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Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes
Published by In30Minutes.com

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If you have ever wanted to research and document your family history the right way, then Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutesis for you! Authored by professional genealogist Shannon Combs-Bennett, this genealogy book explains the joys, challenges, and triumphs of researching your family’s origins. While many people assume genealogy research starts online, Combs-Bennett shows the importance of starting a family tree using documents that can be found in your own home!
Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is written in a friendly, easy-to-understand style that avoids complex jargon. There are lots of examples, case studies, and advice that can help would-be family historians quickly get up to speed.
In addition to listing best practices for conducting genealogical research, Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes also warns readers about the many pitfalls of family research, from “brick wall” mysteries to time-wasting online searches. Topics include:
  • Why are people so interested in family history?
  • Evaluating clues, facts, and myths in family stories
  • The importance of linking generations
  • Vital records, from birth certificates to death records
  • Non-vital records, from census forms to wills
  • Religious records
  • Five things that can trip up newbies researching family history
  • Best practices for genealogy road trips
  • Interviewing relatives, and dealing with skeptics
  • Pros and cons of online genealogy research
  • Genealogy communities and continuing education
  • Genetic genealogy basics
  • Understanding the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
  • Genetic genealogy and adoptees
  • Non-paternal events and other skeletons in the genetic closet
  • Visualizing family history with charts
  • Research logs and genealogy journals
  • How to create good source citations
  • Preserving records and research
  • Genealogy software and GEDCOM files
  • Planning for disasters
Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is not a comprehensive guide. Nevertheless, in a single reading you will be able to understand some important research basics that will serve you well as you embark on a journey to figure out the origins of your family. Creating a strong family tree will not only satisfy your own curiosity, but will also serve as a record to share with relatives and future generations!



An In-Depth Guide to Washington, DC
Published by The In-Depth Genealogist

This book was created as a genealogists travel guide for Washington, DC.  I wanted to share with you not only items that would have interest to genealogists but to the whole family.  Yes, take your family with you on your research trip and share the fun.  This way you can tell them what else there is to do that is fun, interesting, and unique while you are researching!

Description from the website:
A Genealogist’s Guide to the Washington DC Area is a great resource for genealogists who plan on researching in this geographic area.  Think of it as your personal travel guide with information on where to research in addition to where to eat and what to see.
A Genealogist’s Guide to the Washington DC Area was created by Shannon Combs-Bennett  who shares her familiarity with Washington DC and the surrounding area to assist genealogists and family in making their trip an enjoyable one.





An In-Depth Guide to Richmond, Virginia
Published by The In-Depth Genealogist

This book was created as a genealogists travel guide for Richmond, Virginia.  I wanted to share with you not only items that would have interest to genealogists but to the whole family.  Yes, take your family with you on your research trip and share the fun.  This way you can tell them what else there is to do that is fun, interesting, and unique while you are researching!

Description from the website:
This Guide to Richmond, Virginia was created in honor of The National Genealogical Society’s 2014 Family History Conference “Virginia: The First Frontier” held May 7-10, 2014. Within the guide, Shannon Combs-Bennett
 shares her familiarity with Richmond and the surrounding area to assist genealogists and family in making their trip an enjoyable one.

The book includes: a Packing Checklist, Downtown Richmond City Safety Guide, Public Transportation, Shopping (ATM’s & Banks, Convenience Stores, Restaurants), Richmond Area Genealogy and other Attractions, and Genealogy and other Attractions that are short Day –Trips (within 2 hours drive) of Richmond.

Now available for just $9.99 as a 8.5″ x 11″ black & white paperback through our store at Createspace!  Also available as a PDF download for $4.99



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