In an era when immigration was at its peak, the Fabre Line offered the only transatlantic route to southern New England. One of its most important ports was in Providence, Rhode Island. Nearly eighty-four thousand immigrants were admitted to the country b
Reconnect with your roots Adoptees, foundlings, and others with unknown parentage face unique challenges in researching their ancestors. Enter this book: a comprehensive guide to adoption genealogy that has the resources you need to find your family through genetic testing.Inside, you'll find: - Strategies for connecting your genealogy to previous genealogists
- Detailed guides for using DNA tests and tools, plus how to analyze your test results and apply them to research
- Real-life success stories that put the book's techniques into practice and inspire you to seek your own discoveries
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Break through brick walls in your genealogical research
"Easy to read, provides clear explanations, examples and is well-illustrated, thus definitely meeting the needs of libraries and individuals seeking a book to guide family historians who are beyond the basics and need help solving problems."--FORUM magazine
Learn how to use innovative methods to unearth hard-to-find ancestors. Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques shows you, step by step, how to uncover elusive details by taking advantage of specialized tools and software programs and using proven best practices for breaking through the brick walls that have hindered your progress.
You'll get professional advice on formulating a research strategy, understanding the details you discover, keeping careful track of your data, analyzing the evidence, and developing hypotheses. Real-world case studies demonstrate how you can apply the systematic procedures presented in this practical guide to your own research--and achieve success
- Examine the brick wall in detail to find potential weak spots that can be exploited into a breakthrough
- Use brute force techniques that leave no stone unturned
- Obtain exact copies of original records rather than derivative sources
- Research the family, associates, and neighbors (FANs) of your brick wall ancestor
- Consult with your family, friends, and colleagues to get a fresh perspective on your research
- Use crowdsourcing--genealogy societies, online forums, social media, blogs, wikis, and podcasts
- Apply technological solutions, including DNA testing and specialized genealogical software
- Get tips on hiring a professional genealogical researcher with the appropriate credentials and references
- Revisit your brick wall problem after honing your research skills
- Review your evidence, develop a research strategy, and keep a meticulous research log
With over 120,000 copies sold, this unique contemporary work brings the timeless Tibetan Bardo teaching into current American culture and language, with 49 days of readings for someone who has died or who is preparing for the dying experience. This book has been and still remains an important tool for providing a spiritual service to a dying person as opposed to grieving, processing loss, or mourning for that person's passage. Front matter includes "Notes on the Labyrinth" (or the Bardo...) and other commentary by the author that provides insights for an American reader who wishes to provide this guiding service to a family member, spouse, friend, or anyone who is terminal. The reading instructions very clearly outline when and what to read, without any limitation of belief system--the practice is presented as non-denominational, not requiring Buddhist or Christian or Jewish prayers, but also not in conflict with any of these. A schedule of readings shows graphically how to carry out the full series of 49 days of readings, at approximately 10 to 20 minutes per reading. The book has been in use since 1974 in various editions, taught in university courses on Death & Dying and related subjects (it is referenced in a recent handbook of acting exercises, for example...), and used by hospice workers and nurses internationally. The American Book of the Dead is often referenced in discussions of the 1970's West Coast spiritual renaissance, and many of the baby boomer generation will recall it in circulation when they were in college or beginning their careers. Translated editions have appeared in Spanish and Greek languages, with editions in preparation in German, French, Italian, and Polish. There is a course available by correspondence and on the internet that gives additional training for readers who wish to pursue the practice of performing "Labyrinth Readings" or "Bardo guiding" as a service to others--beyond one's own family and personal network.
The fun and easy way to name the new bundle of joy
Brimming with over 5,000 names, from traditional to unique, this is the perfect reference for parents-to-be looking for naming guidance. It features a an impressive assemblage of options for both boys and girls-from Biblical, medieval, and Shakespearean names to musical and international names-along with a list of today's most popular names and the favorite names of previous decades. Each entry contains variant spellings as well as the name's meaning, history, and derivations. Plus, fun sidebars offer examples of celebrities who chose unique names for their little ones and perfect suggestions for future political leaders, artists, and movie stars.
Trace, document, record, and write your family's history with this easy-to-read, step-by-step authoritative guide. Finally, here is the fun, easy-to-use guide that African Americans have been waiting for since Alex Haley published Roots more than twenty-five years ago. Written by the leading African American professional genealogist in the United States who teaches and lectures widely, Black Roots highlights some of the special problems, solutions, and sources unique to African Americans. Based on solid genealogical principles and designed for those who have little or no experience researching their family's past, but valuable to any genealogist, this book explains everything you need to get started, including: where to search close to home, where to write for records, how to make the best use of libraries and the Internet, and how to organize research, analyze historical documents, and write the family history. THIS GUIDE ALSO INCLUDES: Real case histories that illustrate the unique challenges posed to African Americans and how they were solved. More than 100 illustrations and photographs of actual documents and records you're likely to encounter when tracing your family tree. Samples of all the worksheets and forms you'll need to keep your research in order. A list of the traps even experienced researchers often fall into that hamper their research.
Meeting my old world family connections from the St. Clair, old Masonic and Templar original root families, of many different noble families, my curiosity to remove the veil between the old world and the new drove me to dig very deep. My internal question of "what is there in a name?" inspired me to keep searching until I finally discovered that our own family is a direct paternal descendant of the King of Tara (all Ireland) from 832 to 846. We apparently were hidden away so our uncle, the King of the Picts and of Scotland, as well as others, could not molest our heritage. This book is a bit of the summary of some of these discoveries and other teachings and understandings from our families. Following the root of related names with the help of DNA and other research we will hopefully unravel an astounding mystery that should impact many hundreds of families in their understanding of who they truly are and what their real responsibilities are in carrying the chalice forward.