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The weekend genealogist : timesaving techniques for effective research
Melnyk, Marcia Yannizze, 1951-
Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : Betterway Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
134 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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CS16 .M45 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
CS16 .M45 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room Non-Circ
CS16 .M45 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Oversize
CS16 .M45 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
CS16 .M45 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Researching family history takes time - time that many people just don't have. This book shows them how to maximize their research efficiency by saving time and utilizing what little they have in the best way possible. Melnyk teaches how to make every minute count through step-by-step instruction and sidebars highlighting important tips and procedures. A wide variety of organizational techniques illustrate how to streamline research using everything from research facilities and the Internet to research trips, the postal service and more. Readers will learn how to focus their efforts to get the best results possible in the time available. Selling points: Addresses the very common reader frustration of not having the time necessary to do the work needed. Oganization and research techniques are presented in a clear, easy-to-understand fashion, appropriate for beginner and advanced researcher alike.

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Library Journal Review

Melnyk, a professional genealogist, addresses the need for time management and organization in this latest how-to-do-genealogy-better guide. She gears this toward new genealogists strapped for research time, emphasizing numerous materials and techniques that cut down on piles of paper and repetitious research, and offers suggestions for the types and proper usage of genealogical forms (and provides reproducible forms at the back of the book), filing systems, and where and when to look for bargains on office materials. Melnyk also discusses the benefits of gathering information from relatives, organizations, and the Internet along with suggestions for using and evaluating electronic sources. She provides a brief but very informative chapter on assessing and extracting information from documents and covers preparing for and making the most of a research trip, offering time-saving and efficient search methods. Her chapter on research etiquette should be required reading for all genealogists (and librarians!) for its clear-eyed perspective. Melnyk's work transcends Sharon Carmack's Organizing Your Family History Search (LJ 6/15/99) with its discussions on efficient research and time management. Recommended for public libraries. (Index not seen.)DElaine M. Kuhn, Allen Cty. P.L., Ft. Wayne, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 Forms, Forms, and More Formsp. 3
2 Controlling the Paper Pilep. 21
3 Gathering Information by Mailp. 37
4 Getting Your Computer and the Internet to Work for Youp. 51
5 Squeezing Every Bit of Information From Every Recordp. 71
6 Utilizing Research Facilitiesp. 80
7 Research Trips: Making Every Minute Countp. 91
8 Tapping Into the Knowledge of Othersp. 107
9 Research Etiquette: Getting the Most From Research Facilities and Records Officesp. 112
10 Some Final Thoughtsp. 120
Forms for Genealogistsp. 122
Bibliographyp. 130
Indexp. 132