The Sleuth Book for Genealogists.
Strategies for More Successful Family History Research.
By Emily Anne Croom. Published by Genealogical Publishing Company, reprint 2008. 290 pages
This book is an excellent overall guide for genealogical research. For the beginner and intermediate searcher, it’s an all-round compendium of where to find resources, evaluate those resources, cite the sources, and generally help you get your work done, successfully.
Ms Croom uses a clever device in capturing our attention: she sprinkles quotes from famous sleuths. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, Samuel Clemens’ Mark Twain, and others (including the Magliozzi brothers, Tom and Ray from “Car Talk”) throughout the book, making for interestingly apt lead-ins to the paragraphs. One particularly fitting passage from The Lemesurier Inheritance”: Poirot : “He is insane, of course. I imagine that the family history has become a mania with him.”
She leads the researcher from the beginning stages of developing plans through the benefits of considering cluster genealogy, into the elements of documenting the search, examining the evidence, arranging the ideas and writing the reports, to the end stages of solving the cases.
There are helpful icons on the edges of text on pages that denote special sections, such as brick wall buster ideas, where to turn for more in-depth coverage, techniques and prods for further thinking, and shaving minutes and hours off the clock. Plenty of white space on the pages makes reading and learning easier, with endnote pages indicated at the back of the book for further study of her sources.
This is a very useful book for genealogists.
The Sleuth Book for Genealogists is available from the Genealogical Publishing Company,
Amazon, RootsBooks.com, and other genealogy book stores.