Book offers guidance on research

By Sharon Burns Published: June 5, 2006
Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc. recently announced the 11th edition of "The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America." The book has provided genealogical guidance for family history research for more than 55 years.

Standard features of the book include:

Full-color maps of each state identifying each county.

A tracker for every county showing how boundaries changed, which assists in understanding how an ancestor might have lived in several counties without moving.

Migration trail maps with detailed descriptions of the paths ancestors traveled.

State histories help readers understand the effect of settlements, wars, territory and statehood.

Updated areas include county-by-county data (information about vital records, repositories and jurisdictions); descriptions of major record collections and addresses for each state; Internet and mailing addresses for societies, archives and libraries; and a bibliography of books for each state.

The option of buying the book with a CD-ROM is also available. The CD, in PDF format, is word-searchable and provides the ability to access Web sites by simply clicking on the Web addresses. Maps can also be downloaded and printed.

Although this edition has new features, it does not include the foreign countries section featured in the 10th edition. Researchers will want to have both books in their reference collection.

The 944-page hardbound book is available for $50 without CD or $60 with CD, plus $6 postage and handling, from Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 360, Baltimore, MD 21211-1953, or call (800) 296-6687 or go online to www.geneal

Summer institute
The Dallas Genealogical Society's 2006 Summer Institute, "Mining for Genealogical Treasurers," will be July 27-30 at the J.

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