Smoky Mountain Family Historian

Friday, October 05, 2012

Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors





Taylor, Maureen Alice. Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999.

This book, intended for a juvenile audience, is a good book to use with young people who are just beginning their genealogical research. Some parts of the book are dated. No one talks about "Usenet" any more. USGenWeb has moved to a different web address. Ancestry.com has greatly expanded, and its description just doesn't show how important it is as a paid site. Some web sites are no longer in existence. Other sites such as FamilySearch which are not mentioned are of great importance. However, this book makes points throughout it that a beginner needs to hear. Always document your sources. You may need to research the background of some things in order to fully understand them. You may need help with records for immigrant ancestors if they are in languages other than English. Even though I wish Maureen would update this for today's researcher, it is still helpful. The stories told should keep the reader's interest.  4 stars.

This is a part of my Friday series on Children's Literature and Genealogy.


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