June 18, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

National Geographic Kids Guide to Genealogy by T.J. Resler | SLJ Review

Get the latest SLJ reviews every month, subscribe today and save up to 35%.


redstarResler, T.J. National Geographic Kids Guide to Genealogy. 160p. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. National Geographic. Apr. 2018. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781426329838.

Gr 5 Up –This comprehensive guide recognizes that there is no “typical” family structure and emphasizes that family is not just about bloodlines. With a theme of the United States as an immigrant nation, this title suggests genealogists are detectives, gathering, evaluating, and documenting evidence. It offers many useful examples, including how to cite evidence, and points out the tools needed. Resler offers suggestions on how to tackle research difficulties, such as geographical boundary changes. Readers will also learn the value of original and derivative sources. There is even a section on deep ancestry. The colorful layout includes plenty of fun facts, bulleted clues, and examples of research roadblocks, with solutions, case files, and activities. This volume expertly identifies libraries, historical societies, and other organizations of value to genealogists. It also establishes the crucial role of librarians and archivists and stresses the importance of how one’s own life shapes history. VERDICT Highly recommended for young people interested in genealogy.–Lisa Gieskes, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC

This review was published in the School Library Journal March 2018 issue.

Comment Policy:
  1. Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  2. Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  3. Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through (though some comments with links to multiple URLs are held for spam-check moderation by the system). If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.

We accept clean XHTML in comments, but don't overdo it and please limit the number of links submitted in your comment. For more info, see the full Terms of Use.

Speak Your Mind