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Paths to Your Past: A Guide to Finding Your Ancestors
2018 Edition

Paths to Your Past: A Guide to Finding Your Ancestors, 2018 edition, is an essential guide that will be a helpful and handy reference kept on every genealogist's bookshelf. It provides a detailed outline for how to get started in genealogy and is an excellent reminder to all family historians and genealogists of the various methods and sources we need to consider in our daily work.

Much has changed in the field of genealogy since the National Genealogical Society (NGS) published its first instructional guidebook in 1986. This completely revised and updated 2018 version, by well-known expert Pamela Boyer Sayre cg®, fuga, covers an extensive list of topics that will help researchers in many ways, including:

  • Using sources on the Internet
  • Indexes, abstracts, and transcriptions
  • Vital records, plus probate and land records
  • Military and immigration records
  • Keeping records in research logs and ancestor charts
  • Understanding sources, citations, information, and evidence
  • Writing your family history

See the PDF for the full list of contents.

About the Author

Pamela Boyer Sayre,cg®, fuga, is a professional researcher and national lecturer. She coordinates and teaches at major genealogical institutes, is a former editor of APGQ, and has served on the board of NGS and FGS.

Ordering Information

You can purchase your copy of Paths to your Past in our online store beginning on 2 May 2018.

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