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March 17, 2013

Genealogy at a Glance series expanding

Genealogical Publishing Company’s Genealogy at a Glance series appears to be filling an important need for researchers. A four-page laminated guide with important tips, websites, references and research tips — which can be easily stored or carried and provides needed information on select subject — is just what genealogists need.

“Finding Female Ancestors” by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack is one of the new guides in this Genealogy at a Glance series. It lists Quick Facts and Important Dates (beginning in 1769, when British Common Law governed the colonies, to 1922, when alien women had to apply for their own citizenship), and provides references for solving the challenge of researching female ancestors. Determining maiden names and parents also is difficult, but Carmack offers many sources, including divorce petitions, insanity records, naturalizations, widows’ pensions and dower releases. The list of online sources provides information on collections, bibliographies, etc., to aid one’s research.

“Genealogy at a Glance: Finding Female Ancestors,” ISBN 978-0-8063-1967-4, can be ordered as Item No. 888 at $8.95 plus shipping (first item $4.50; each additional item, $2.50) from Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211-1953. VISA and MasterCard orders can be placed toll free at (800) 296-6687 or online at http://www.genealogical.com.

Another new guide in this series, “Genealogy at a Glance: Polish Genealogy Research,” by Rosemary A. Dembinski Chorzempa, lists quick facts and important dates (for Polish research) as well as tips on Polish names, Polish history and emigration, maps, finding a hometown, online databases from Poland and other resources. Because Poland has been divided into so many countries, language can be a problem for researchers. To solve this problem, a whole page is devoted to a chart listing place names in English, Latin, Polish, and German, to better understand documents giving birthplaces or hometown origins. It is estimated that 10 million Americans have Polish ancestry. This guide will be most helpful for those doing Polish genealogical research.

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