Kinsearching July 15, 2007




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     Are your young children or grandchildren showing an interest in their family history? If they are, are you wondering how to help them learn more about their lineage? A useful book on the subject is the new second edition of ROOTS FOR KIDS: A GENEALOGY GUIDE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE by Susan Provost Beller.

     Beller's book is based on a twelve-week course that the author developed for fourth through sixth grade students. Written at a level appropriate for its audience, the volume begins with an introduction to genealogy. The author points out in her introduction that genealogy is history and reminds young readers in a later chapter that good genealogists are also good historians. In four chapters she discusses basic subjects such as how to begin, how to fill out family and pedigree charts, questions to ask during interviews with relatives, and organization of information. Various types of records that provide genealogical data are the topics of several other chapters.

     Because many changes have taken place in the field of family research since the publication of this book in 1989, this new edition emphasizes sources available on the computer. Beller discusses finding local, state, and national records on the internet as well as online genealogy databases. Although many older people may view the "ultimate field trip" as a visit to the countries where their ancestors originated, she points out that taking children to places (homes or schools, for instance) associated with the lives of their parents or grandparents can be just as interesting to youngsters.

     Since the publication is aimed at fourth through sixth graders, it is suitable for teachers wanting to supplement their social studies curriculum with material on family history. ROOTS FOR KIDS gives young people the tools to start researching their heritage and an appetite to learn more about their ancestors. Because summer vacations often include visits to relatives, the travel season is a great time to make use of Beller's guide.

     Besides the introduction, the 104-page paperback has appendices (sample charts, sample abstracts of documents, and online and printed research sources), illustrations, and an index. To the book's price of $19.95, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $4 for one book and $2.00 for each additional copy; for UPS, the cost is $6 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order #422) may be purchased by check, MasterCard, or Visa from Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211 (for phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website

     Bonnie Bright Johannes, 5594 North 10th, Apt. 103, Fresno, CA 93710-6586 (e-mail: would appreciate information on any CADE (and variant spellings) family in the 1850s and 1860s. She is especially interested in the name of the CADE who married Elizabeth PERRY, probably after the 1860 census, and had a daughter Alice Mildred CADE, born in 1867 in Louisiana. Was his name Brian? He was not on the 1870 census with his family.

     This week we continue the list in the Norwich Journal, Norwich, NY, 8 April 1847 (New Series, Vol. IX, no. 51), p. 3, c. 6. (Because the print is faded in a few places, some letters or names are questionable.)

     Letters remaining at the post office, 1 April 1847:

George MILES
Ebenezer MILLS
Isaac NEVINS Jr.
Warren NEWTON Esq.
J. C. (O.?) PREISE
J. PRATT Jr. Esq.
Miss E. E. POYER

(To be continued)

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