Table of contents for The everything family tree book : research and preserve your family history / Kimberly Powell.

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Chapter 1: Family Tree Basics
Who Makes Up the Family Tree?
Charting Your Course
Taking Notes
Writing It Right
Dates and Calendars
Numbering the Family Tree
Citing Your Sources
Chapter 2: The Journey Begins at Home
Start with Yourself
Next Comes Mom and Dad
Digging in the Attic
Ask and You May Receive
The Art of the Interview
Clues in Family Photographs
Chapter 3: Growing the Family Tree
Setting Goals
Has It Already Been Done?
Do Your Homework
Mapping Your Course
Corresponding with Confidence
Tracking Your Progress
Chapter 4: The Name of the Game
The Origin of Surnames
Name Changes and Spelling Variations
Naming Practices and Patterns
Heraldry and Coats of Arms
Chapter 5: Where Do I Look for That?
Multiply Your Chances
Order of Importance
Birth Date or Location
Marriage Date or Location
Death Date or Location
Name of an Individual¿s Parents
Maiden Name of a Female Ancestor
When You Still Can¿t Find the Answers
Chapter 6: Vital Records
What¿s Vital?
How and Where to Find the Records
Birth Records
Marriage Records
Death Records
Chapter 7: Clues in the Census
Understanding the U.S. Census
Where to Find Census Records and Indexes
Researching the Individual Censuses
Non-Population Schedules and Special Censuses
State and Local Censuses
Chapter 8: Marching Papers
Identifying Military Ancestors
Types of Military Records
Colonial Wars and the American Revolution
The American Civil War
Twentieth-Century Military Records
How to Order Copies of Military Records
Military Lineage and Historical Societies
Chapter 9: A Nation of Immigrants
Why Do People Migrate?
Locating and Using Immigration Records
Strategies for Locating Your Ancestor¿s Ship
Border Entries from Canada and Mexico
Finding Your Ancestor¿s Town of Origin
Becoming a Citizen
Migration Trails Across America
Chapter 10: Clues in the Cemetery
Why Cemeteries?
Locating Your Ancestor¿s Final Resting Place
Burial and Plot Records
Planning Your Visit
Stories in Stone
Preserving the Memories
Chapter 11: Following in Their Footsteps
Digging for Deeds
Searching the Deed Index
Organization of State and Federal Lands
State-Land States
Section, Township, and Range
Metes, Bounds, and Meanders
Chapter 12: Probate and Estate Trails
With or Without a Will
Understanding the Probate Process
What You Can Learn from Probate Records
Where to Find Probate and Estate Records
When You Can¿t Find a Will
Chapter 13: Branching Out
Church and Religious Records
Newspapers and Obituaries
Social Security Records
Occupational Records
School Records
The ¿History¿ in Family History
Chapter 14: Special Situations in Family Trees
Researching African-American Roots
Jewish Genealogy
Native American Genealogy
Native Americans in Federal Records
Other Ethnic Groups
Chapter 15: Walking the Web
Finding a Tree in the Forest
Connecting with Cousins
Mining Electronic Databases
Sharing Your Success
Chapter 16: Shelves of Possibilities
Published Indexes and Compilations
Libraries and Archives
LDS Family History Center
Visiting the Courthouse
Genealogical and Historical Societies
Chapter 17: Tools for Taming the Family Tree
Making Sense Out of Chaos
Choosing a Filing System
Family Tree Software
Pass It On¿Preserving Family Records
Preserving Family Documents, Photos, and Heirlooms
Chapter 18: Assembling the Pieces
Sources, Information, and Evidence
Original versus Derivative Sources
Primary versus Secondary Information
Direct versus Indirect Evidence
Evaluating the Evidence
Proving Your Argument
Resolving Discrepancies
Why Does It Matter?
Chapter 19: When You Get Stuck
I Can¿t Find Them!
Sorting Out the Smiths
It Says What?
Educating Yourself Further
Sources for Help
Hiring a Professional
Chapter 20: Uncovering Your Genetic Roots
What DNA Can Tell You
Paternal Line (Y-line) DNA Testing
Maternal Line (mtDNA) Testing
DNA Surname Studies
Explaining the Study to Family
Your Family Health History
Chapter 21: Sharing Your Family History
Writing Your Own Life Story
Writing a Family History
Publishing Your Family History
Connecting with Kin¿Family Newsletters
Appendix A: For Further Information
Appendix B: State Archives in the United States

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

United States -- Genealogy -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.