McClure, Rhonda R. Digitizing Your Family History.

Cincinnati: Family Tree Books, 2004. 188p., softcover. Index, illus. $19.99. ISBN 1-55870-708-5.

Both my parents were only children (no first cousins for me), so when my father died a few years ago, my mother began systematically sorting through nearly a century’s worth of inherited stuff from both sides of the family and giving the next generation “first dibs” on anything they wanted before the remainder was discarded. Of course, I grabbed anything relating to the family’s history, including old correspondence, military and employment files, and about forty pounds of old photo albums and several shoeboxes of loose snapshots.

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Rose, Christine. Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures.

San Jose, CA: CR Publications, 2004. 219p., softcover. Index, illus. $21.98. ISBN 0-929626-16-8.

Rose is a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists and a well-known speaker at national conferences. She’s also an admitted courthouse junky. There are more than 3,000 courthouses in the United States and she’s poked around in more than 500 of them — and she would be the first to tell you that every one is different, even in neighboring counties formed at the same time. (I’ve spent considerable time in courthouses myself, though not as many as Christine. Maybe only 100.)

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