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.”