Dave Dowell’s Crash Course in Genealogy – Tuesday’s Tip

I’ve read a lot of genealogy books.  I’m not bragging or anything, but I work in a library, so it makes sense that I’m looking through/checking out/reading genealogy books all the time.  The results are mixed.

Are they all stunning works of research?  No.

A dry read?  Sometimes.  Ok.  Most of the time.

Useful?  Yes, most of them are useful.

Completely and utterly awesome?  Once in awhile.

Which is why I was really happy to read Crash Course in Genealogy by Dave Dowell.  I met him at a genealogy round table a few weeks ago, and he let me take a look at his book.

Awesome.  I wish I would have had a copy when I started doing research.  But I was able to read it and literally fall in love with genealogical records all over again, and that’s what made the book even better.

Originally intended as a basic genealogy training course for library staff, this book is a great introduction to genealogy subjects, resources, and research methodology. This book offers newbies a chance to begin their search without the daunting fear factor, but gives intermediate researchers a new way to look at their research. Dave’s breakdown of information into graphics, case studies, and additional resources is truly top-notch. His graphs and timelines really gave me a lot of insight into some of my own methodology.

Included in this book are clear reproductions of census forms, pedigree sheets, Haplogroup migrations, and an illustrated example of a Boolean search.

I could wax poetic, but his breakdown of the 1940 census was one of the best I’ve read.

Crash Course in Genealogy Chapter Index

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Backward Thinking and Other Keys to Successful Genealogical Research
Chapter 3: Genealogy Speed Dial
Chapter 4: 20th-Century Research
Chapter 5: 19th-Century Research
Chapter 6: Colonial Research
Chapter 7: Researching People of Color
Chapter 8: Taking Research to Another Country
Chapter 9: Fieldtrips
Chapter 10: Incorporating DNA Research
Chapter 11: Keeping Up to Date
Chapter 12: Concluding Thoughts
Glossary of Genealogical Terms

This is a great book for your library, historical society, genealogy society or for a new genealogist!

You can check out a copy of Crash Course in Genealogy from your local library or order it online at Amazon.com.

Comment/Question of the Day:  What genealogy book do you run back to for inspiration or help?

Leave your interesting and creative responses in the comment box.

See you at the Library!


About Fountaindale Public Library District's Genealogy Blog

The Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Blog transmits research tips, notes, and other useful information for genealogy, family history, and local history researchers. This blog is maintained and authored by Adult and Teen Services Manager Debra M. Dudek, and contains publications and postings by Circulation Manager Theresa Hildebrand, Children's Services Assistant Cathy Gonsowski, and School Program Associate Laura Didier. The Fountaindale Public Library District offers numerous resources for the public, including books, materials, database access, a monthly genealogy club, and free programming. The Genealogy Club also offers volunteer research assistance by appointment. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the library at (630) 685-4176 or by e-mail at ddudek@fountaindale.org
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