Title: Family Tree Workbook
Author: Brian Sheffey
Publisher: Rockridge Press
“This workbook is arranged so you do not have to work your way through it sequentially,” Brian Sheffey explains in the beginning instructions of his book, Family Tree Workbook: 30+ Step-by-Step Worksheets to Build Your Family History.
~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-twenty-four-page paperback targets those who want to document one ancestor’s life or an entire family group in book format. After an introduction and directions, there are five chapters covering the topic; it ends with a glossary, resources, index, acknowledgments, and author’s biography.
This book begins with individual and family-specific worksheets that cover pedigrees, ancestor overviews, family addresses, family groups, siblings, blended families, timelines, and United States and worldwide migration maps. The second chapter compiles information on marriage records, land deeds, military history/service logs, medical history, death records, cemeteries, interviews, photos, heirlooms, DNA tracking, family charts, newspaper articles, and color/enslaved/ Cherokee/Dawes cards registration logs. The third part has census information with passenger arrival records while the fourth contains managing information via research, worksheets, and sources. The final part reaches completion with tips and future-proofing genealogy research.
~ Why ~
Having a friend who loves keeping track of her family, this book is ideal as it has a plethora of charts to compile. I like the detailed charts that include a gambit of relative data. Adding the heirloom, newspaper, and U.S. Federal Census charts to complete are a plus.
~ Why Not ~
Some may have no interest in recording their family history and ancestors so they may not want this book. Others may think genealogy is too time-consuming to research and report the information on the worksheets. A few may feel overwhelmed in the book’s presentation.
~ Wish ~
While I appreciate the concept of having a family tree workbook, I feel this one is not organized well as there is jumping around to put names, dates, and places, causing possible duplication. I wished it focused more by date or generation.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to keep track of your beloved family, this is a lovely beginner’s book that helps organize the past while keeping tabs on the present.
Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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