Contents

                              Preface

                              Acknowledgments

PART I    Begin Your Family History Odyssey

         CHAPTER 1    What Is Genealogy?

                   Understand the Difference Between Genealogy and Family History

                   Assess What Constitutes a Family

                   Motivations for Genealogical Research

                   Documentary, Hearsay, and Genetic Evidence

         CHAPTER 2    How Do I Get Started?

                   Start at the Beginning: Yourself and Your Family

                   Discover Sources of Information in Your Own Home

                             Vital Records and Civil Registration Records

                             Religious Records

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