The following book review was written by Bobbi King:
Finding Your Roots.
By Janice Schultz. Published by Huron Street Press (imprint of the American Library Association). 2013. 230 pages.
This is an excellent first-read or first-guide for the beginning genealogist. If you have a budding genealogist in the family, a younger family member who is demonstrating interest in looking up family roots, or a good friend who has expressed interest in the subject, this is an excellent genealogy primer.
The book covers all the relevant record sources, in an easy-to-read style. The book itself is a soft-cover paperback, 6 x 9 inches, perfect for putting into a backpack or bag, perfectly portable for periodic reading while waiting in the doctor’s office, on the bus, or in the car when someone else is driving.
Roots was written by a librarian, so naturally the record source descriptions are well-explained and easy to understand. Ms. Schultz’s ancestor chart is perfectly filled out. Sidebar text boxes contain compact nuggets of information that reference more reading resources, Internet sites, or other resources that are pertinent to the material described on that page.
Text boxes labeled “Assignments” are very doable tasks that avoid overwhelming the newbie. Sidebar boxes labeled “Genealogy: Twenty Minutes a Day” are clever ideas of tasks, just what a new genealogist needs in order to find some of those early Oh-My-Gosh! discoveries that spur us on for more.
Ms. Schultz hails from the Midwest Genealogy Center of the Mid-Continent Public Library, a nationally recognized, pre-eminent research site situated in the middle of the country in Independence, Missouri. The Genealogy Center, among its impressive collection of materials, holds the libraries of the Missouri State Genealogical Association, the Heart of America Genealogical Society, and the Gann Historical Society & Library, Inc.
Ms. Schultz has retired as the Center’s genealogy librarian/branch manager after 26 years of presenting classes to the Center and the local community and answering the countless questions of naïve patrons with grace and aplomb. She continues her genealogical public service as the current president of the Missouri State Genealogical Association.
This is an excellent book for beginners. All the categories are covered, and even in the fairly brief descriptions that cover nearly everything, the information is current, relevant, and beneficial.
Finding Your Roots is available from the publisher at http://goo.gl/0HBqxQ as well as from Amazon at http://goo.gl/jrKaPQ and from many other genealogy bookstores.