What is Genealogy
Tid Bits
Tips and Gotcha's
Top ten myths
Top ten reasons to do it
Just for Fun
Getting Started
An exercise using a pedigree
Paperwork organization
Preserving your records
Labeling your records
Maps and geography
Old style dates
Old style handwriting
Tombstone reading
Calculating relationships
Family reunions
PC Software
Genealogical Programs
Genealogical Numbering Systems
Family Group Sheet form
GEDCOM format
Descendancy report
Ahnentafel report
Recap and Statistics
The data pyramid
Source Documents
Record types
Vital and primary records
Manuscript archives
Censuses and the soundex
Actual examples
Where to Look
Where to do your research
Kansas City area research
U.S. GenWeb
Recent immigrants
Ellis Island
African American
Native American
Hispanic American
Recommended web sites
Certified professionals
Genealogical publishers/sellers
Recommended books
Publishing your family history
Forms to use
Dewey Decimal system
Homework assignment

Finding Recent Immigrants – (i.e. post-Civil War)

Many books are available. You can also write to localities where the relatives came from but be prepared to speak/write their language. You can also get information from the LDS church via one of their local history centers (go to the web site www.genhomepage.com/FHC/all.html or consult the Business Section of the White Pages under "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" and look for the Family History Centers).


  • Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo, A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Immigrant and Ethnic Ancestors, 2000, Betterway Publications, Virginia, $19 (see her other books at her web site at www.warrencarmack.com/sharon/aboutsharon.htm)
  • Colletta, John P., Ph.D, They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Ship, 1996, Ancestry Publishing Co, Salt Lake City, $100
  • Crawford-Oppenheimer, Christine, Long Distance Genealogy: Researching Your Family History From Home, 2000, Betterway Publications, Virginia, $19
  • Eakle, Arlene and Cerny, Johni, The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, 1984, Ancestry Publishing Co, Salt Lake City (book was revised in 1997 by Kory L. Meyerink and, Loretto D. Szucs)
  • Szucs, Loretto Dennis, They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins, 1998, Ancestry Publishing Co, Salt Lake City, $20
  • Tepper, Michael, American Passenger Arrival Records, 1999, Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore, $20

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