Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide
Diana Elder, AG with Nicole Dyer
Are you stuck in your genealogical research? Wondering how to make progress on your brick wall problems?
Discover the process that a professional genealogist uses to solve difficult cases. Diana shares a step-by-step method using real world examples, easily understood by any level of genealogist; written for the researcher ready to take their skills to the next level.
Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide will give you the tools to:
– Form an objective focusing your research for an entire project.
– Review your research with new eyes by creating your own timeline analysis.
– Construct a locality guide to direct your research.
– Create a plan to keep your research on track.
– Style source citations, giving your work credibility.
– Set up a research log to organize and track your searches.
– Write a report detailing your findings and ideas for future research.
Links to templates give you the tools you need to get started and work samples illustrate each step. You’ll learn to execute a research project from start to finish, then start again with the new information discovered.
Whether you are a newbie or experienced researcher, Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide will move the search for your ancestors forward. Start now to learn to Research Like a Pro!
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Reviews from Amazon:
Practical, Logical, and Interesting Guide to Family History Research
by Eclectic Reader
The sign of a good “how to” book is that it gives the reader a manageable process and presents it through storytelling-based examples – and Research Like a Pro accomplishes this to a “t.”. Also, family researchers are always looking for suggestions for new research resources, and Elder presents many I hadn’t used before. The book is clearly written and reflects her expertise as a genealogist and as an educator. Her examples and resources are so smoothly integrated into the “how to” text, I am learning her recommended research strategies and processes easily and naturally. One note to consider: I am reading the book on a Kindle Paperwhite and the charts are not read-able from Kindle or iPad format, but they do display well if you are reading from the Kindle Cloud Reader on your computer. The book is so useful and practical, I look forward to buying a hard copy to keep on my shelf for reference.
Set Out on the Road to Genealogy Success with Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide
by Thomas MacEntee
Even though I’ve been doing genealogy research for over 40 years now, I was impressed by the methodology used by the authors and how they are able to easily explain it to the reader.
Why I Think Research Like a Pro Works for ALL Genealogists and Family Historians
The authors, Diane Elder, AG and Nicole Dyer, approach genealogy research from the point of being “stuck” – a perfect scenario for most of us who have been searching for our ancestors for years.
And the format for many of these sections is PERFECT! There is a “lesson” explaining why the reader should follow a specific approach recommended by the authors, then there is an “assignment” in the form of a task, and finally, there are questions that a typical reader would ask . . . and the authors offer practical step-by-step advice…read more.
Not just to put on your shelf, this is a book to READ AND LEARN FROM!
by B. Schenck
Research Like a Pro is one of the best teaching tools I’ve found. I taught a genealogy course for seven years and never had it in my “toolbox” because Diana hadn’t written it yet. The next time I teach, it will be one of my primary tools because it works. It gives a beginning researcher confridence. It gives them a sense of “I can do this” because, with Diana’s help, they can all do it. There’s no real mystery to what she’s saying in Research Like A Pro. We’ve probably all heard it before — if we’ve researched very long — a multitude of times. But, in my experience, I’ve never found a book that showed exactly HOW to do something, and then very supportively walked you through it, so that when you came out the other side, you were able to think, “Hey, I did that, and it actually worked!” Lest I make it sound like this is a book for beginners only, it is not. I took Diana’s Research Like a Pro Study Group course which is based on this material. I — and most of the people in the course — had plenty of experience. But I know I — and lots of others — have come away enriched by tacking a research project as Diana suggests in her book. And for those who are newbies, how very lucky they are if they start with Diana’s guidance. Researching this way will give them a head start in researching the right way, in leaving no stone unturned, and in writing up their finding with source citations afterwards (the citations, of course, that you’ve already created when you discovered the source and began to do the research in the first place!).