A detailed and thorough collection of resources, techniques, and methods for genealogical research.


A handbook for readers interested in investigating their family histories.

In this debut nonfiction work, Berry draws on her own genealogical research experience to present a comprehensive guide to resources, techniques, and standards. The book addresses methods of creating family trees; highlights useful software and websites; tells how to use census, immigration, and other official records; and addresses alternative methods of locating people and information not found through standard search methods. The lists of resources are incredibly thorough, with thousands of databases, including URLs for those available online. Berry lists each state’s official archives, various regional and national archives from every country and autonomous region, and even ecclesiastical archives. Early chapters address techniques for making connections with distant relatives, encouraging readers to reach out via Ancestry.com and other, similar websites. Berry also details the role of DNA testing in genealogical research and offers a thorough, high-level explanation of what commercial DNA tests can reveal. Separate chapters focus on researching African-American and Native American ancestors, specifically; Berry has both black and Choctaw ancestry herself, and she offers examples of her own investigative successes. An appendix provides worksheets for organizing information about individuals and family groups. The book is clearly written and provides a wealth of information; the discussion of census records, for instance, includes a summary of the specific types of information collected in each U.S. census from 1790 to 2010, and its suggestions for advanced Google terms will be useful to any reader. She organizes the information logically and presents it coherently, making her book a specialized but extremely useful tool.

A detailed and thorough collection of resources, techniques, and methods for genealogical research.

Pub Date: July 6, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5486-9520-0

Page Count: 308

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Sept. 6, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2017

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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