Get Two Excellent Guidebooks for Genealogists at 25% Off – Sale Ends at Midnight MDT May 15, 2014

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Family Roots Publishing again made a large purchase of the new Family Tree Pocket Reference, as well as Tracing Your Ancestors Using Google – made a Bundle of the two, and reduced the price by 25% as this week’s FRPC Exceptional Bargain. Normally $22.94 for the two items, they are just $17.21 (plus $5.50 P&H) through Midnight MST Thursday, May 15, 2014.

Following are reviews and descriptions of the two items making up this terrific bundle:

A review of Family Tree Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition; by Diane Haddad & Family Tree Editors

Family Tree Pocket Reference


Originally published in 2010, this second edition of Family Tree’s popular “Pocket Reference” has been updated the later part of 2013. This is one of those books that you will want to keep at hand when you do your research – at your desk or on the road. It’s loaded with information that can help you “as you research.”

At the writing of this review, I’ve had a copy of the new updated edition for about two weeks, and I find that I’m turning to it regularly – and I’ve been doing genealogy research for over 30 years. I recommend it.

The following is from the Table of Contents:


How to Use This Book

Chapter 1: Research Basics

  • Genealogy Glossary  
  • Insider’s Guide to Genealogy Acronyms  
  • Genealogy Abbreviations  
  • Court Records Lingo  
  • Filling Out an Ancestor Chart and Family Group Sheet  
  • 20 Must-Ask Oral History Questions  
  • Spotting Errors in Your Family Tree  
  • Major US Genealogical Societies  
  • 10 Go-to Genealogy Records  
  • 6 Genealogy Myths to Avoid  
  • Using a Relationship Chart  
  • Old Handwriting Styles  
  • Genealogy Records Checklist

Chapter 2: States

  • US State Fast Facts  
  • US State Archives


  • US Map

Chapter 3: Libraries and Archives

  • 11 Key Genealogy Libraries and Archives  
  • Nationals Archives and Records Administration Regional Locations  
  • Tips for Requesting Genealogy Records 
  • Searching the Family History Library Catalog  
  • Sample Record Request Letter  
  • Online Digitized Family Histories

Chapter 4: Names

  • Types of Surnames  
  • 16 Most Common US Surnames in 2000  
  • Tips for Researching Common Surnames  
  • Cultural Naming Traditions  
  • Nicknames and Variations for Popular Female Names  
  • Nicknames and Variations for Popular Male Names

Chapter 5: Online Genealogy

  • Major Genealogy Research Sites  
  • Genealogy Social Terms  
  • Boolean Search Terms 
  • Google Search Hacks  
  • Google Quick Links  
  • FamilySearch Database Tricks  
  • Hot Keys

Chapter 6: Computing

  • Computer Keyboard Shortcuts 
  • Computer File Format Guide  
  • Genealogy Desktop Software Guide  
  • Genealogy Computing Resources  
  • Genealogy Smart Phone Apps

Chapter 7: Census

  • Most Common Ancestries in the 2000 Census  
  • Historical US Population in Millions  
  • US Census Record Websites  
  • Online Census Search Tips  
  • Questions in the Census  
  • Census Questions by Category  
  • Non-Population Censuses  
  • Official Census Dates  
  • The Soundex Key  
  • The Lost Rule of Soundex 
  • Census Abbreviations

Chapter 8: Immigration

  • US Immigrants by Country (1820 to 1975)  
  • Timeline of Immigration Laws 
  • Passenger List Availability for the Busies Ports  
  • Passenger List Notations and Abbreviations 
  • Records Available Through the USCIS Genealogy Service

Chapter 9: Military

  • Timeline of US Military Conflicts  
  • War Records to Search for 
  • Major Genealogical Records Generated from US Wars  
  • Where to Look for US Military Records  
  • Military History Organizations

Chapter 10: Cemeteries

  • Tombstone Symbolism  
  • Cemetery Research Dos and Don’ts 
  • Tombstone Materials Timeline  
  • Types of Cemeteries 
  • 4 Cemetery Search Tips  
  • Cemetery Research Resources  
  • 3 Steps to Photographing a Tombstone

Chapter 11: Genetic Genealogy

  • Genetic Genealogy Testing Companies  
  • DNA Test Results Databases  
  • Types of Genetic Genealogy Tests 
  • Genetic Genealogy Myths 
  • DNA for Men and Women  
  • Genetic Genealogy Resources

Chapter 12: Geography

  • Rectangular Survey System  
  • US Territorial Acquisition Timeline  
  • Major US Population Migrations  
  • Major US Migration Routes 
  • 10 Online Mapping Resources

Chapter 13: Social History

  • Timeline of Inventions  
  • Timeline of Disasters  
  • Glossary of Archaic Occupations 
  • Glossary of Archaic Diseases  
  • Timeline of US Epidemics  
  • Typical Prices of Everyday Items  
  • Gregorian Calendar Adoption Dates by Country

Chapter 14: Photography

  • Historical Photo Formats  
  • 6 Photo Preservation Tips 
  • 6 Photo ID Tips  
  • Sources of Family Photographs 
  • Writing Photo Captions 
  • Photo-Editing Tools 
  • Digital Photo Resolution Guide

Chapter 15: My Favorite References


Family Tree Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition; by Diane Haddad & Family Tree Editors; Paper; 208 pp.; Published: 2013; 5×7; ISBN: 9781440334849; Item #: FNW6; MSRP: $14.99. Available for a limited time for $12.74 at the FRPC website. That’s 15% off MSRP. Purchase it for 25% off in the bundle with Tracing Your Ancestors Using Google by Midnight MDT May 15, 2014. Get 25% off by purchasing as a bundle with Tracing Your Ancestors Using Google.


Tracing Your Ancestors Using Google

A Description of Tracing Your Ancestors Using Google

This book is also available in PDF eBook format.

We’ll Show You How To Plug Into the Power of the World’s Most Popular Search Engine!


  • Google Books: you won’t believe what you can find online! 
  • Google News: their news archives can boost your research!
  • Google Earth: we help you to zoom in on your family history!
  • Google Alerts: search terms at the click of a button!
  • Google Scholar: yet another way to trace your ancestor!
  • And Much More!

Articles found in this issue include: 

  • Digging Deeper with Google; Dan Lynch describes some advanced features of this popular search engine.
  • Getting the Most Out of Google’s Tools; George G. Morgan shows us how to harness the power of Google’s many Resources
  • Genealogical Googling; Dan Lynch tells us how to get the most out of this important search engine.
  • Getting More from Google; Lisa A. Alzo shows you how to use Google to manage your research (and your life!)
  • Google: the Hits Keep On Comin’; Dan Lynch looks at the latest innovations form everybody’s favorite search engine and how it can benefit your genealogy research.
  • Google Scholar; according to Arnon Hershkovitz Ph.D, your ancestors’ academic papers can be a boon to your research!
  • LIFE Magazine Photo Archive Online; David A. Norris Looks a LIFE Magazine’s online archive.
  • Googling for Genealogy; Marian Press reveals some of the secrets of Google.
  • Googling Helps Your Genealogy Go Global; Dan Lynch shows you how to zoom in on your family history.
  • Delve Into the Past with Google; Marina Garrison documents the benefits of Google’s latest addition.
  • Google Books; Marian Press looks at what is available for genealogists and family historians through this website
  • Google: The Dot-Com Gift That Keeps Giving! Dan Lynch shows you how to Google your family tree.
  • What’s In Your Google Toolbox? Diane L. Richard looks at a great book from Lisa Louise Cooke.
  • Google’s Archives: News You Can Use! Lisa A. Alzo shares five ways to find your family in this great genealogical resource.
  • Create Custom Google Maps; Bill Puller Shows you how to customize the ‘net’s most popular search engine!
  • Staying on Top of Your Research; Bill Puller shows how Google can help you stay on top of changes you online data.

Tracing Your Ancestors Using Google; edited Edward Zapletal; Published: 2011 by Moorshead Magazines Ltd.; 54 pp; paper, 8.5×11; Item # MM009 ; Available for a limited time for $6.76 at the FRPC website. That’s 15% off MSRP. Purchase it for 25% off in the bundle with the new Family Tree Reference Guide by Midnight MDT, May 15, 2014.

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