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How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records by Sunny Jane Morton and Harold A. Henderson, CG:

This is a fantastic resource every genealogist needs on their bookshelf.” – Read the full review by Cari A. Taplin, CG 

Records created by the major Christian denominations before 1900 in the United States are underutilized by family historians. But these records may reveal ancestors’ births, maiden or married names, marriage details, deaths, family relationships, other residences, and even immigrants’ overseas birthplaces. You may uncover information about ancestors who have been unnamed in other records–women, children, ethnic minorities, immigrants, and the poor. You may find details about your ancestors recorded long before the existence of civil records.

It is not always an easy task to track down U.S. church records. How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records is a unique, peer-reviewed publication that takes researchers step-by-step through the process of identifying, locating, and gaining access to these genealogical gems.

Included in this book are hundreds of links to church research resources, as well as chapters devoted to specific resources for the major Christian denominations before 1900. More than 30 archivists, historians, and genealogical experts in specific faith traditions have contributed their knowledge to these denominational chapters. Get your copy on Amazon (shipping in August) or straight from Genealogical Publishing Company.

Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy by Sunny Jane Morton

Record the stories of your life–or a loved one’s–for posterity! The Story of My Life workbook makes it easy: Simply follow the prompts to preserve memories from your entire life. The book includes sections on parents, siblings, childhood, high school, career, and adulthood. There’s also space to note vital statistics about yourself and immediate family members as a genealogical record. The workbook features:
• Fill-in pages with thought-provoking prompts to capture key moments that define your life
• Advice and exercises to reconstruct memories from long ago
• Interactive pages for family and friends to share their own stories
• Special forms for spotlighting important people, places and times

A great gift for your children, parents or grandparents, or a jumping-off point for writing a memoir, Story of My Life will help you preserve your memories for generations to come.

Articles

  • in Family Tree Magazine, the premiere genealogy magazine in the United States (I’m a Contributing Editor);
  • on the FamilySearch blog, the world’s leading all-free genealogy website;
  • on Your DNA Guide (I’m a Contributing Editor and Content Manager);
  • in Ohio Genealogy News, the award-winning quarterly news magazine of the Ohio Genealogical Society (I’m the Editor).