Bookshelf: The Sleuth Book for Genealogists-Emily Anne Croom

Another good book for your genealogy bookshelf is

¬†Genealogy is great fun, but you’d never know it from reading about 80 percent of genealogy how-to books. This one is different: using quotes from various mystery novels from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, Croom helps the reader feel the joy, the intrigue, the puzzle-solving rush of genealogy. In reading this book, you understand that it’s not the¬†“research” as in writing a dull, dry term paper…it’s the evidence and clue finding that makes genealogy so addictive. Just like good detectives, we must look for the information by asking the right questions and looking in the right places, carefully collecting and documenting as we go. It’s like living your own mystery novel!

Just one example of how well this metaphor works: Chapter Three, “Broadening the Scope: Cluster Genealogy” uses quotes from various fictional detectives to make the point that our ancestors did not exist in a vacuum: they were part of communities, churches, clubs and more. Looking at the records of their neighbors, friends, cousins and business partners might help you find that next chink in the brick wall. Wills, deeds, court records, even being “called out in church for selling spirits on the Sabbath” hold clues to who are ancestors were.

Great information, great fun to read, this is a must have to add to your genealogy book collection!

About Libbi

Writer for 30 years. Genealogy a hobby for about 40 years. Yes, I'm in my 50's, I learned about genealogy at my mother's knee!
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