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The great ancestor hunt : the fun of finding out who you are
Perl, Lila.
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Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, [1989]

Physical Description:
104 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A guide for tracing one's ancestors via various means. An appendix describes how to use a number of available government resources.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
1170 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.3 4.0 59577.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.5 7 Quiz: 15805 Guided reading level: NR.
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CS15.5 .P47 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
CS15.5 .P47 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
CS15.5 .P47 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Includes details on how to create your own direct-ancestry chart.

Author Notes

Lila Perl was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1921. She received a B. A. from Brooklyn College and pursued additional studies at both Columbia University and New York University. She started writing children's books when her two children were in elementary school. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 60 works of fiction and nonfiction. Her works include the Fat Glenda series, Isabel's War, Lilli's Quest, The Great Ancestor Hunt: The Fun of Finding Out Who You Are, To the Golden Mountain: The Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, and Behind Barbed Wire: The Story of Japanese Internment During World War II. In 1996, she co-authored the memoir Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story with Marion Bluementhal Lazan. She died in December 2013 at the age of 92.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. Since genealogy is a hot topic, this comprehensive guide will be a useful addition to library shelves. Perl successfully weaves the how-to of genealogy with a historical perspective on immigration. All the basics are covered: drawing an ancestry chart, conducting interviews with relatives, finding family memorabilia, and, for those who wish to continue their quest, writing away for documentation. The format is also a plus. Interesting black-and-white photos alternate with charts, diagrams, and a few (softly executed) drawings by Erika Weihs. As in her other nonfiction works, Perl's engaging writing style makes readers want to dig right in. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

The subtitle of Perl's engrossing genealogy handbook seems entirely accurate: in a thoroughly readable style, she does indeed make searching out one's lineage fun. From the first chapter, ``Who Cares About Great-Uncle Edgar,'' through to an appendix with the thought-provoking title ``Digging Deeper,'' Perl makes delving into one's roots an intriguing project. She enumerates reasons people should be concerned about their forebears; she provides origins of names, a brief background of the census process, a look at immigration over the past hundred years and many other revealing aspects of genealogical research. The book's many historical photographs speak as eloquently as Perl's text; the cover shot, the deck of an over-crowded immigrant ship teeming with hopeful, upturned faces, is particularly moving. Charts, period advertisements and an illustrated time-line add further allure. This informative book should inspire many young readers to research their own personal history. Ages 9-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-- This attractive, immensely readable guide to genealogy provides both information and encouragement. Perl's positive, upbeat approach involves readers from the first sentence. Never condescending, she writes fluently about the reasons for doing genealogical research, how to trace family roots (with a thorough discussion of surnames), how and why families immigrated to America, types of documents and memorabilia to look for, and how to preserve information. Perl uses anecdotes and examples from a wide variey of ethnic and cultural groups, including blacks, American Indians, and Asians. An appendix discusses censuses, vital records, and other helpful sources. Intriguing black-and-white photographs and occasional drawings complete the book. Cooper's Where Did You Get Those Eyes? (Walker, 1988), for the same age group, is project-oriented, leading readers through specific activities. Henriod's Ancestor Hunting (Messner, 1979; o.p.) shows its age in some language and information; Weitzman's My Backyard History Book (Little, 1975) gives entertaining activities on family as well as neighborhood history. Perl, in contrast, focuses more on the whys of family research, and provides greater detail, more examples, and far more inspiration. --Ann W. Moore, formerly at Lane Road Library, Columbus, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.