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Abbreviations and Acronyms

Kip Sperry

Do you know what ARC, BIRDIE, DAMRUS, GEDCOM, NAIL, OVI or Opofer mean? These and many other abbreviations, acronyms, and initials are defined in this essential reference guide.  All genealogists and historians encounter abbreviations and acronyms in the course of their work. But even the most experienced researcher would be hard pressed to know the meaning of all of them. In this book, the author presents an exceptionally detailed list of meanings for abbreviations, alphabetic symbols, initials, contractions, and shortenings of words - those that are found both in original records and in printed sources. The listings, along with a brief explanation or description of each entry, are arranged alphabetically and appear just as they would in the original documents. This work is an ideal reference source for genealogists, historians, reference librarians, and others who often work with documents that contain abbreviations or acronyms. 

paper / 201 pp. / 2003/ ISBN 0-916489-94-9/ $16.95
Order No. 2858

U.S. Catholic Sources: A Diocesan Research Guide

Virginia Humling

An excellent reference book on doing Catholic research in the United States.

paper / 120 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 9780916489601 / $14.95
Order No. 2864

Finding Your African American Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide

Thackery, David

Although the search for African American ancestry prior to the Civil War is challenging, the difficulties are not always insurmountable. Finding Your African American Ancestors takes you through your ancestors' transition from slavery to freedom, and helps you find them using the federal census, plantation records, and other helpful sources. The book also considers ways to locate runaway slave advertisements, to identify an ancestor's military regiment, and to access the valuable information from The Freedman's Savings and Trust records.

paper / 164 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 9780916489908 / $12.95
Order No. 2860

Finding Your Mexican Ancestors

George & Peggy Ryskamp

Finding Your Mexican Ancestors is essential to any researcher looking to trace their heritage across the Rio Grande. In it, authors George and Peggy Ryskamp show how easy Mexican American research can be, providing detailed descriptions of parish records, civil records, and other types of records common in Mexico.

paper / 224 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 9781593313074 / $16.95
Order No. 2850

From Memories to Manuscript

Joan Neubauer

From Memories to Manuscript provides easy and enjoyable steps to create your autobiography and teaches you the full process of publication. Put your stories in print and amaze you loved ones with your very own stunning autobiography. This easy-to-follow five-step handbook will give you the know-how and confidence you will need to write and share your life stories and create a gift worth passing down from one generation to another!

paper / 48 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 9780916489564 / $5.95
Order No. 2861

Creating Junior Genealogists: Tips and Activities for Family History Fun

Karen Frisch

When family historians discover the value of their heritage, they naturally want to share it with their children and grandchildren. In Creating Junior Genealogists, the author offers a mother lode of ideas that will help family historians infuse the next generation with an appreciation of their heritage, including how to use family activities, visits to historical sites and museums, scrapbooks, heirlooms, and much more to captivate and create lasting memories for children.

paper / 122 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 9781593310295 / $14.95
Order No. 2863

Ellis Island: Tracing Your Family History Through America's Gateway

Loretto Dennis Szucs

Almost half of all Americans have at least one ancestor who entered the United States through Ellis Island (also called "America's Gateway"). In Ellis Island: Tracing Your Family History Through America's Gateway, leading family history author and researcher Loretto Dennis Szucs explains how you can find out if your relatives were among the millions who were processed for entry at this historic landmark. This book details the immigrant experience at Ellis Island and teaches you about the records that are available to help you trace your ancestors' entry into the New World.

paper / 56 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 9780916489953 / $4.95
Order No. 2859

Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records

Loretto Dennis Szucs

Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records is a comprehensive guide to understanding and using U.S. Census records, in particular those of the federal census. Aimed at the general family history audience, this book is especially useful for the beginning to intermediate researcher. Along with a description of the history and structure of the federal census, there is a guide to each decennial census. Three appendixes offer a description of major census data providers, major state and national archives with census collections, and specially designed census extraction forms. Includes a complete index.

paper / 176 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 9780916489984 / $16.95
Order No. 2855

Finding Indiana Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Research

Teresa Baer and Geneil Breeze

Finding Indiana Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Research

This book is a powerful tool, providing an overview of historical research while focusing on Indiana-specific sources. Authored by journalists, archivists, librarians, genealogists, and historians in the state's major historical and genealogical organizations, this book forms a complete guide for research in Indiana. Six model chapters show how to turn data into stories. This significant new guide will help researchers learn how to get started, where to go for the next piece of information, how to interpret the data, and how to incorporate each new fact into the stories of Indiana's ancestors.

paper / 301 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-87195-203-5 / $29.95
Order No. 2638

Roots for Kids: A Genealogy Guide for Young People

Susan Provost Beller

Roots for Kids

This book is based on a twelve-week course the author developed for her fourth grade class. Each chapter is based on a forty-five minute classroom session. While the book is suitable for adoption by teachers seeking to supplement their middle school social studies curriculum with material on family history, its principal use will be by and with individual young people. The book is written at a level appropriate to its audience. The author moves slowly and carefully as she takes young readers through an introduction to genealogy, to discussions of their families and their parents’ families— learning how to ask questions (oral history)... researching local, state, and national records... using libraries and historical societies... much more.

paper / 128 pp. / 1989 / ISBN 0-8063-1525-3 / $19.00
Order No. 2514


Family Memories: Capturing the Best Memories with Photos, Albums and Journals

Suzanne McNeill and Lani Stiles

Family Memories: Photos Albums Journals

This valuable book will inspire you to create family albums in remembrance of any occasion, milestone, or event. Hundreds of ideas and patterns show how to organize, arrange, write, and decorate pages. You will discover creative ways to showcase favorite photos from school, holidays, weddings, baby, birthdays, and vacations. In addition, learn about archival precautions to keep photos safe from fading and deterioration.

paper 128 pp.1996 / ISBN 1-57421-005-X / $22.00
Order No. 2497

Evie Finds Her Family Tree

Ashley B. Ransburg

Evie Finds Her Family Tree

Young children will enjoy the tale of Evie, a little girl who tries to discover the meaning of her family tree. This illustrated storybook includes a 32’ x 24” illustrated family tree chart that children can complete using their own family information.

cloth / 30 pp. / ISBN 0-87195-187-8 / $14.95
Order No. 2594

Finding Indiana Ancestors

Dorothy Riker, et al. compiler

Finding Indiana Ancestors

A short, introductory publication including local Indiana resources.

paper / 17 pp. / 1967 / ISBN 0-87195-057-X / $3.00
Order No. 2501

Who's Your Hoosier Ancestor?—Genealogy for Beginners

Mona Robinson

Who's Your Hoosier Ancestor

A source for locating elusive ancestors of Hoosiers and descendants of anyone who ever lived in Indiana. Describes records available, where they can be found, and how to use them most effectively.

cloth / 215 pp. / 1992 / ISBN 0-253-20731-2 / $19.95
Order No. 2128

Climbing Your Family Tree: Online and Offline Genealogy for Kids

Ira Wolfman

Climbing Your Family Tree

A complete guide for the ancestor detector, both off and online. It explains how to conduct an interview; how to track down ships’ manifests, naturalization records, and birth and marriage certificates; how to decipher old-fashioned handwriting and interpret names; how to compile a family tree and assemble a scrapbook; and more. Includes information for special situations, such as adoptees, nontraditional families, and recent immigrants. Your story is out there - here are the tools to find it.

paper / 240 pp. /1991 / ISBN 0-7611-2539-6 / $14.00
Order No. 2495

An Index to Naturalization Records in Pre-1907: Order Books of Indiana Counties Courts

An Index to Naturalization Records in Pre-1907

The index to naturalization records contained in this book serves as an invaluable resource for genealogical researchers whether they are seeking a “lost” relation or are eager to document the points at which their ancestors became citizens of the United State of America. The new foreword attempts to differentiate between the records indexed for this publication—which are housed in Indiana’s ninety two county courthouses, and all other naturalization records—which are kept by law at the Indiana State Archives (part of the state’s Archives and Records Administration).

paper / 182 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-87195-156-8 / $25.00
Order No. 2510

Issues of The Indiana Historian

paper / ISSN 1071-3301 / $1.00 (1-19 copies); $.30 (20 or more copies - no additional discount)

Collecting Your History

Collecting Your History

What can you learn about your family? What can you tell your children and grandchildren?

12 pp. / 1994
Order No. 7003