The Sleuth Book for Genealogists: Strategies For More Successful Family History Research

The Sleuth Book for Genealogists

Emily Anne Croom, The Sleuth Book for Genealogists: Strategies For More Successful Family History Research, © 2000, Betterway Books, Cincinnati, Ohio, Soft Bound, 290 Pages, 1-55870-532-5, 929'.1'072073-dc21.

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Back Cover - The Sleuth Book for Genealogists: Strategies For More Successful Family History Research

As a genealogist, you need to be both a researcher and a detective. Like every clever sleuth, you’re hot on the trail, hunting down your ancestors.

But what do you do when the trail goes cold in the records you’ve been researching?

Just follow in the footsteps of expert genealogist Emily Croom. In The Sleuth Book for Genealogists, she presents a unique down-to-earth look at genealogical research, employing the savvy experience of world-famous literary sleuths such as Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple.

Invigorate your research with information on:

  • Pinpointing what you know in order to plan your next step
  • Identifying clues in the records you search
  • Using “cluster genealogy”
  • Documenting your evidence
  • Considering your evidence and drawing conclusions
  • Determining when you have enough to prove your case
  • Gleaning research ideas from case studies

Research examples—including case studies of an Illinois Civil War veteran, a Mississippi former slave, and a Tennessee farmwife, among others—illustrate genealogical sleuths in action, taking you step by step through the process of solving frustrating research problems.
Every chapter includes important tips that help you avoid common mistakes. Appendixes include a practical, detailed guide to documentation and a review of research basics.
More than just a genealogy lesson, The Sleuth Book for Genealogists is a stimulating, entertaining guide to becoming a more successful family history detective.


  1. Putting a Down Payment on Success
  2. Planning for Research
  3. Broadening the Scope: Cluster Genealogy
  4. Documenting Research
  5. Gathering Information: Research
  6. Examining Evidence: The Gray Cells in Action
  7. Arranging Ideas: Progress Reports
  8. Reporting: Case Solved
  9. Finding the Parent Generation: The Search for Isaac Heldreth's Parents
  10. Finding Slave Ancestors: The search for the Family of Archie Davis, Sr.
  11. Finding the Parent Generation: The Search for Ann (Robertson) Croom's Parents.

Library of Congress Catalog Listing

  • LC Control Number: 99088395
  • Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
  • Personal Name: Croom, Emily Anne, 1943-
  • Main Title: The sleuth book for genealogists : strategies for more successful family history research / Emily Anne Croom.
  • Published/Created: Cincinnati, Ohio : Betterway Books, c2000.
  • Description: xiv, 290 p. : ill.; 28 cm.
  • ISBN: 1558705325 (alk. paper)
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 276-279) and index.
  • Subjects: Genealogy. United States--Genealogy--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • LC Classification: CS16 .C85 2000
  • Dewey Class No.: 929/.1/072073 21
  • Geog. Area Code: n-us---
  • CALL NUMBER: CS16 .C85 2000
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